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Dr. Vivek Saini - Don Bosco School 2009 Alumnus is COVID Frontline Warrior at LNJP Hospital, Delhi

By Father Babu Varghese
Dr. Vivek Saini on his rounds in COVID ICU at LNJP Hospital, Delhi.
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New Delhi, Sep. 9. Dr. Vivek Saini, the Bosconian COVID Warrior has completed 03 rounds of posting in COVID ICU, each lasting a month, at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, Delhi, which is currently the largest dedicated COVID hospital in India.
Dr. Vivek Saini, a Don Bosco School Delhi 2009 Alumnus is remembered fondly by his school teachers as the shy and introvert boy who loved to participate in as much as extra curricular activities as possible. To date, he proudly maintains a beautiful display portfolio of all the certificates won by him during his student days. He received appreciations in sketching, basketball, and table tennis.  He's an avid trekker and a semi professional travel photographer. His Instagram page 'Khanabdoshi' is almost like his alter ego.  

After school, he pursued MBBS from the prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College and later finished his post-graduation in Anaesthesiology and Critical care from the same college. He current works as a Senior Resident at the Lok Nayak Hospital, which is currently the largest dedicated COVID hospital in India. He has also served for 10 months, with M�decins Sans Fronti�res [MSF]/Doctors Without Borders, during which he worked in remote peripheral health centres, trying to eradicate locally prevalent infections diseases in West Bengal.

As of date, he has finished 03 rounds of posting in COVID ICU at LNJP, each lasting a month. During these postings, he is quarantined/self-isolated at the Delhi Government provided accommodation.

At ground zero, the duty hours, although rotational, are pretty erratic. Sometimes the shift starts at 3 am in the night and continues till 10 am in the morning. The worst part however is working while wearing the PPE kit. Many have fainted due to heat and dehydration while wearing it. Once you don the kit, you can't eat, drink water, or even use the washroom till you properly doff and sterilize self. Additionally, the protective goggles and face shield get completely fogged due to the heat and moisture, making it even difficult to see by the end of duty. In such a condition, all healthcare professionals like Dr. Saini are putting in utmost care for the patients.

Dr.Saini says, ''Working in the ICU has, so far been like a bag of mixed feelings, like an unpleasant roller coaster ride. There are days when unfortunate news has to be broken to several families, while on other days, the joy on the face of recovered patients is a blessing like a ray of hope. The work effort put in by the medical teams throughout the world may never truly be completely compensated.''

He truly believes, that despite our shortcomings, human beings are capable of incredible feat. These are undoubtedly difficult times. It's also an opportunity for each of us to be the nicest version of ourselves. It's times like these that decide how good and humane we truly are. As a message for the readers Dr. Saini states, ''The world shall recover from the pandemic soon. The tragic loss of those who've left us shall linger for long. But hopefully, we'll make a better world with all that this pandemic has taught us.''
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