Indian Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

The year 2020 will be known as the year of the doctors


Tapish Sahu1, Dipit Sahu2,  
1 Division of Peripheral Vascular and Endovascular Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dipit Sahu
Department of Orthopaedics, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India




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Sahu T, Sahu D. The year 2020 will be known as the year of the doctors.Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2021;8:1-2


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Sahu T, Sahu D. The year 2020 will be known as the year of the doctors. Indian J Vasc Endovasc Surg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 17 ];8:1-2
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The year 2020 will be remembered for many things, other than the way COVID-19 preyed on the healthy, the weak and the old. The year will be remembered for the way doctors and health-care workers around the world rose to the challenge, putting themselves and their family in the line of harm to care for the affected. The dawn of a new decade offered a fresh start, full of promise, and possibilities. All the doctors across the nation and the world had blueprints and roadmaps for this year and the whole decade. Whatever they had treaded upon and learned till date was to be translated into growth as planned. We all were on different levels of learning, experience, and pedestals of professional career when the unimaginable happened and the reset button was pressed for one and all. When the coronavirus started crippling the health systems around the world, we discussed in March that an impending disaster was waiting to happen. Several media and research reports had alerted us to a highly contagious virus that would go on to wreak havoc in a way none of us had ever imagined or experienced. We, in India, had the advantage of a foresight of things to come and take preventive actions based on the increased knowledge about the behavior of the virus elsewhere in the world. No nation was spared of the disease; however, the number games were played all across the statistical boards of all countries worldwide.

Thus, when the lockdown was announced on March 25, it felt like an appropriate solution [Figure 1]. However, what later followed was an unexpected avalanche of infections, deluge of misinformation, and explosion of several nonmedical forms of treatment (some too bizarre such as the ukalo syrup of Gujarat government[1] or arsenic album 30 in Maharashtra[2]). We learned new terms, such as social distancing, quarantine, isolation, and everyone learnt the art and craft of hand hygiene along with the beauty of the face mask. Work from home was the new normal, schools and places of worship were closed, travelling and outdoor holidaying suddenly became unthinkable. All conferences and social gatherings were cancelled, virtual presence started gaining momentum. However, amidst of all this, there was only one thing, that was unquestionably reliable and that formed the backbone of our and other country's fight against the pandemic-the unequivocal dedication and straight up commitment of the doctors and health-care workers. The governments and various health care-related agencies were busy gearing themselves up to the situation, but the doctors silently became soldiers and took up the challenge head-on [Figure 2].{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

What the world should not forget it that most doctors came forward at the risk of getting infected themselves and their family members, with many doctors losing their lives in the line of their duty. Lest the world forgets, it should be carved in the memory that the doctors, who are often doubted and occasionally have to bear the unsavory behavior of the general public, did not hesitate, when they were asked to serve the public in the worst of circumstances, with shortages of personal protective equipment and with many of them staying away from their loved ones for straight couple of weeks.

As physicians, we have not been trained to perform tasks that involve serious risk to ourselves. As surgeons we have been conditioned to make bold decisions and to be always in the decisive role. While the frontline physicians such a intensivists and internal medicine physicians were the main first-line defense against the virus, the surgeons lent their helping hands to their comrades and maintained the active workforce of each hospitals. In the line of duty, there were many interns, residents, and junior doctors who had never imagined nor were trained to care for such a contagion, but nevertheless did their best in their assigned duties. Many residents had to leave their surgical and respective subject training to care for the COVID-19 infected. Several of them still recount how they watched helplessly, many patients die in front of them; something that they were not taught or ready for, but nevertheless experienced it so early in their career.

 Lesson for the Doctors



The year 2020 has once again centered the spotlight back on the doctors. The health-care industry rose to the challenges posed by the pandemic and brought in several innovations in telehealth services that will boost the health-care delivery in the near future. For us doctors, this was the once-in-lifetime medical event of our generation and we came to acknowledge what we always believed: That it was truly a privilege to serve the community. However, we have also appreciated that a teamwork is most important and sometimes straying on the sidelines and supporting our colleagues has its own rewards. The doctors once again have the trust of community in India. However, let it be remembered that doctors will have to carry the regained trust with humility and steer clear of the problems of unethical practices that have brought disrepute to the doctor community. As we move forward in 2021, the vaccination drive has started with the doctors and health workers and once again the responsibility of encouraging, persuading and making the vaccination successful, lies with us doctors. The society expected us to be brave, protect ourselves and then heal them, which we again did-to the best of human capabilities.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy”

Rabindranath Tagore

References

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