Labasa Doctor Works Hard In Lautoka

“It was a bit emotional because the next day was Mother’s Day and only my mum and I live at home,” he said.
18 May 2021 17:22
Labasa Doctor Works Hard In Lautoka
Dr Shivnesh Chand in Lautoka.

When Dr Shivnesh Chand, of Labasa Hospital, was deployed to Lautoka on the eve of Mother’s Day, it was tough knowing that he would be leaving his mother all alone.

However, he was consoled by the fact that he would be strengthening the nation’s fight against COVID-19 and protecting his mother at the same time.

Dr Chand is part of the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) that helped set up the Lautoka Field Hospital. He is a familiar figure there.

“It was a bit emotional because the next day was Mother’s Day and only my mum and I live at home,” he said.

“My sister is in USP (University of the South Pacific) and my dad works in Laucala Island Resort. We are all away from home.”

The 26-year-old said he continues to do his work diligently during this pandemic because his mother has always wanted him to be a doctor.

“This is a totally new challenge because we came here with nothing but an empty ground,” he said.

“Then the military set up this facility with the help of the staff and we’re now equipped as a hospital.”

On the field

On the field, Dr Chand said thinking swiftly and concisely were vital.

“You have to think on your feet,” he said. “

For instance, you need to assess whether you really need to do a blood test or do you really need this scan.

“It takes you away from all the investigations that you would have done when operating in a fully equipped hospital.”

He said this step in his career has gained him the experience he needs when he works in an operating theatre. He said for those who want to pursue the field of medicine, the two years of internship after graduating is quite intense but rewarding if they remain focused.

“You learn a lot. Not just about medicine, but also about yourself when you are facing a tough situation like working under pressure, you kind of mature very quickly when you start to do an internship and join the profession,” he said.

Mother in Labasa

At their home in Labasa, his mother, Sashi Lata Chand, said: “When I think about the work he’s doing, I know that it’s good just as long as he is safe.

“I really miss him.

“When he wasn’t here on Mother’s Day his friends from the surgical team in Labasa Hospital came to visit me so it was o.k.”

“My advice is we should be positive and pray for them (frontliners) that they are safe wherever they are.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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