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Nurse Reunites With Family After 21 Days

The hospital went on lockdown on May 5 after the last case of COVID-19 in Lautoka was traced within the hospital’s vicinity.
29 May 2021 11:03
Nurse Reunites With Family After 21 Days
The Mudaliar family. From left: Sunil Mudaliar (father), Raveena Mudaliar holding her three-days-old niece, Maelyne Mudaliar, Sangeeta Mani (aunt), Vijay Lakshmi (mum) and Velaidan Mudaliar (brother) at their home in Lautoka on May 27, 2021. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Our patients will always come first, says Raveena Mudaliar.

The 26-year-old nurse based at the operating theatre in the Lautoka Hospital reunited with her family on Thursday after being in isolation at the hospital for 21 days.

The hospital went on lockdown on May 5 after the last case of COVID-19 in Lautoka was traced within the hospital’s vicinity.

She has been a nurse for the past four years and is only grateful for stepping forward to help all Fijians.

“Being away from my family was not new to me because when I was in nursing school I was away from them for three years, but this was a sudden thing and we were prepared for what was coming our way,” she said.

She added that the wise words of her father was what kept her going.

“Every time I felt tired, I kept thinking of my father’s words ‘never give up in any situation because God is always there with you’,” she said.

The second youngest child of four siblings said being a nurse meant that the lives of patients would always come first.

“One important thing is that we have to make our patients feel cared for, especially for patients who didn’t have their relatives by their side so we attended to them more because they needed more care from us,” she said.

“When I am in the operating theatre, we would normally have a conversation with them, encourage them and sometimes we would do little prayers for them, their needs first.”

While in isolation:

“In the hospital we were not allowed to mingle around with other staff, strict protocols were followed,” Ms Mudaliar said.

She was grateful to her family’s support and also the different heads of departments at the hospital.

“Even when I wanted home-food, my family would have it dropped off and the Police officers at the border would deliver it to me,” she added.

She is currently on a break from work for one week and plans to get ample rest at home and spend time with her three-days-old niece, Maelyne Mudaliar.

Edited by Selita Rabuku 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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