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Bold Nurse Pleads For Calmness For Families Living Apart

“I have also lived in quarantine before for one month after nursing COVID-19 patients and it hasn’t been easy,”
09 Jul 2021 13:43
Bold Nurse Pleads For Calmness For Families Living Apart
Shreta Chand while nursing covid patients at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on July 6, 2021. Photo: Supplied

A frontliner nurse is advising families, who have been separated because of the lockdown, to remain calm.

Shreta Chand, originally from Labasa, has been looking after COVID-19 patients at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) since last year.

The bold 23-year-old said life hasn’t been the same for everyone in Fiji since then, but she  believes God will get us through this soon.

“Being away from immediate family for two years has been the biggest challenge in my journey,” Ms Chand said.

The second eldest of five siblings graduated in 2019 from the Fiji School of Nursing in Tamavua.

“When my dad, Suresh Chand, heard that I have been advised to nurse COVID-19 patients, he was worried about my safety and asked me to resign immediately,” she said.

“Memories of three years of hard work and struggles flashed in front of me so I refused to leave my job.

“As a Christian I encouraged my father to be strong because we serve a living God who is in control of everything.”

For her there is more satisfaction in taking care of the sick than relaxing at home.

“I have also lived in quarantine before for one month after nursing COVID-19 patients and it hasn’t been easy,” she said.

“I am among hundreds of workers and frontliners who have been away from families and I understand what it means.

“I have chosen to serve my nation, to save others from dying, I advise all Fijians to obey Government’s restrictions and instructions so we can together end the spread of the Delta variant.”

Being a member of the Katalyst Fellowship Church Ms Chand said God helped those who help themselves and by submitting to authorities as stated in the Holy Bible they were helping themselves.

Proud parents, Suresh Chand and Sandhya Devi, said they hope to see their daughter soon.

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