Irish Rugby player Linda Djougang is fighting the coronavirus on the frontline as a nurse in one of the overcrowded hospitals.
“This is all very scary. You don’t know what’s waiting for you on your next shift. Just a couple of weeks ago, I went into a normal hospital room. Now there is a completely different, dangerous atmosphere. We need to wear personal protective equipment all day: hair net, gloves, masks, and glasses. It is necessary to protect yourself from infection as much as possible. So now you worry not only for the patients, but also for yourself,” Djougang tells the official website of the Rugby Federation of Ireland.
The coronavirus spares no one
“Until recently, empty hospital wards are rapidly filling up with patients. There are more and more of them. You look at it all and ask yourself a million questions. Why don’t people stay at home? Why don’t they follow the recommendations of doctors and the government? This is very scary. You just see people die and you don’t know how to help them. These are not just numbers in the news. One of my patients passed away on Thursday, away from his family. They couldn’t be with him because we don’t accept visitors. People die alone. We try to do everything we can and even more, but sometimes you realize that there is nothing more you can do to help an infected person.”
Working with patients is almost the same as what I do on the field
“This is all very sad. When you are there, in the ward for the infected, caring for the patient, talking, at some point you think: “And I may be the last person to whom he speaks, whom he will see in his life.” This is terrible! I called the relatives of my deceased patient myself. Yes, we were well prepared and in General, this is the kind of work that nurses were expected to do. But it is very difficult. I go home, and on the radio, on the news, on the phone, on TV, all this tragedy is still with me. But I see the horror and scale of the epidemic with my own eyes every day.”
“Working with patients is almost the same as what I do on the field. I’m glad I can help. And it is my choice to respond to the country’s call in a difficult moment.”
Please stay at home!
“I always wanted to be a nurse. Right now, my job is more important than anything else. The whole country is in crisis and it is my duty to do everything possible for Ireland and my patients. It’s a team effort, like in Rugby. And no matter what happens, I will go back to the hospital, and again replace my colleagues who were there all night.”
“I ask you to stay at home! This virus kills and does it very quickly! I witness this every day. Keep two meters away from people and wash your hands more often. And if you go to the store, then always let one person do it, not the whole family. Just look out for each other. Life is so precious and we have to take care of each other. We must fight the epidemic together.”