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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: From The Front-Lines Of The War On Coronavirus

Dr. Nivedita Lakhera discusses the real time conditions in the hospital fighting Coronavirus and several future policy proposals.
By George Christopher Thomas, Staff Journalist
SAN JOSE, CA — As America is locked in an ongoing war with Covid-19, and the global pandemic changes the way of daily life for people all over the world, we look to the future and what we can learn from our current real time events.  Our country and the planet on the whole was not prepared for a rapid spreading virus of this magnitude, and Dr. Lakhera hopes lessons can be learned for tomorrow, the upcoming weeks and months, and for setting health policy in the years to come.
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The entire stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.), which are gowns, face-shields, and N95 masks were insufficient and backup supplies were delivered late.  They needed to be fully stocked for at least 10 weeks to begin with, just starting off.  At the very least, and people should be able to understand this, the doctors and nurses feel very strongly that basic medical equipment should be provided.  The health care workers feel expendable and are scared and helpless without this equipment,” said Dr. Nivedita Lakhera.
 
“Secondly, the social distancing/stay at home order needs to be for all 50 states, and at least until May 1st.  You do not start social distancing after a breakout, the social distancing is what prevents the outbreak.  Once that event takes place, it is already too late.  Social distancing is a preventative measure that must take place in all 50 states, as the virus can easily spread from one state to another state,” said Dr. Nivedita Lakhera.

 

“Thirdly, There will be a huge need for mental health for all of the people on the front lines.  And this needs to start now, there should be Tele-Psych & Tele-Therapy calls going on immediately.  The doctors and nurses are feeling scared and helpless, and need mental health therapy to help them through this pandemic.  Also, there will be significant mental damage to a lot of these people working in these hospitals and PTSD will be very prevalent.  (On average annually before this Covid-19 crisis, there were over 400 doctors committing suicide because of mental trauma suffered on the job.)”

 

“Also, there is a group of international doctors that are available to work in times of crisis.  However they would need to acquire green cards, as they are out of the country.  How can we expedite these green cards being processed, and get these experienced doctors on the front lines?  If they are graduating medical students early for this crisis, why would we not also get these doctors to the hotspots in America asap?” said said Dr. Nivedita Lakhera.

 

“The mental well being of the nurses and doctors needs to be addressed.  The trauma associated with the sheer volume of sickness and death is taking a toll on our health care workers.  Doctors and nurses are forced to get their “Withdraw Care Orders” by phone from family members.  Additionally these patients are dying alone with no access to family members.  And in the rare cases when a family member is at the hospital, they have to watch their family member die from the other side of a window.  It is a horrible situation for all parties involved which will create extended PTSD.  The doctors and nurses feel powerless,” said Dr. Nivedita Lakhera.

 

“The game plan will be to write a national policy for the next pandemic, and make sure this never happens again. The biggest failure has been lack of federal leadership, and the need for a set policy and plan going forward.  Let something good come from this, and let us learn from the mistakes that were and are being made during this current crisis,” said Dr. Nivedita Lakhera.

 

Dr. Lakhera is working everyday on the front-lines of this Covid-19 pandemic.  The good doctor is looking to help set future national policy to make sure this failure of infrastructure does not happen again.  From stockpiling PPE supplies, to having mental help available in real time, to having a nationwide coordinated response, there are policy concerns that need to be addressed. Dr, Lakhera has friends with a few contacts on Capitol Hill, and will be formally presenting these cases and how to improve our national health care system.

 

(Nivedita Lakhera is a doctor of internal medicine at San Jose’s O’Connor Hospital.)

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2 Comments for “EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: From The Front-Lines Of The War On Coronavirus”

  1. […] To help her medical community, Dr. Lakhera has decided to help those health care workers suffering in collective silence. She “hopes lessons can be learned for tomorrow, the upcoming weeks and months, and for setting health policy in the years to come.” She is starting with personal protective equipment. Since these items are a top priority in keeping medical staff safe during the pandemic, she has been advocating for a stockpile increase. Since the country was ill-prepared for COVID-19 and these PPE items were scarce, she feels having enough stockpiled for at least ten weeks should be a top priority. “The health care workers feel expendable and are scared and helpless without this equipment.” Source: The Government Center Gazette & Van Nuys News Press […]

  2. […] To help her medical community, Dr. Lakhera has decided to help those health care workers suffering in collective silence. She “hopes lessons can be learned for tomorrow, the upcoming weeks and months, and for setting health policy in the years to come.” She is starting with personal protective equipment. Since these items are a top priority in keeping medical staff safe during the pandemic, she has been advocating for a stockpile increase. Since the country was ill-prepared for COVID-19 and these PPE items were scarce, she feels having enough stockpiled for at least ten weeks should be a top priority. “The health care workers feel expendable and are scared and helpless without this equipment.” Source: The Government Center Gazette & Van Nuys News Press […]

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