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Tamil healthcare workers on the COVID-19 frontline

With healthcare workers across the globe working to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we look at some of the Tamils on the frontlines of the battle to save lives.


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“From a personal experience, the last couple of weeks have been challenging and tiring... Seeing our colleagues having to self isolate one by one only adds to the pressure.”

Ashmi Ganeshamoorthy, Doctor, London #NHS
"We will get through this together and be back to our daily routines soon. But until then we all have a duty to be nice and help each other. Support yourself, your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues."

Arun Kirupakaran, Doctor, London #NHS Image
"I’d like to highlight medical technologists because without us, doctors are just guessing... We are often the unsung heroes of the healthcare system."

Apiramy Sivasambu, Medical Technologist, Montreal
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"I never once thought about retreating from the fight, but I can’t be sick either... There is just so much uncertainty that you cannot take the risk. Young, old, healthy, rich, poor – no one is immune."

Rajeswary Logan, Doctor, Markham
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"This is a pandemic. First in our lifetime. These weeks will NOT be easy and they will NOT be normal. Please follow instructions. Please listen to your doctors, employers, and government."

Nirmal Bhai, Pharmacy Technician, Singapore
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“My message to anyone who will listen is stay home, don’t get exposed or expose others, and make sure to stay connected to the ones you love. It’s the only way we’ll get through this.”

Shankar Sivananthan, Doctor, Toronto

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"I am ever in awe of our ability, as a species, to adapt and persevere despite the challenges in front of us. I hope that we continue to keep our communities in mind as we move through the next phases of this pandemic"

Gaya Naganathan, Surgeon, Ontario
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"This pandemic has shed some necessary light on the cracks in our broken system... We need to invest in education, healthcare and safety in order to truly have a productive society."

Sabrina Sahadevan, Doctor, Kansas
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"2020 has become an extremely hard time for all of us, probably one of the most testing times for some. I love my job in Intensive Care but nothing has prepared us for this

"We stay at work for you, please stay at home for us."

Thuvaraga Arulampalam, Doctor, London
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"My primary role is to assess acutely unwell patients in the community who are identified as at risk of hospital admission. Being a physiotherapist by background, I also support patient discharges from hospital to home."

Tharani Pathmarajah, Rapid response practitioner, London Image
"What I can ask of everyone is to take this seriously and practice physical distancing, and proper hand hygiene. It is truly the only way we will flatten the curve! We will definitely get through this!"

Vimoshana Vijayakumar, Respiratory Therapist, London
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“The last few weeks have been daunting and demanding. We healthcare professionals (HCPs) and the wider community are facing something never before experienced; the importance of us working together to get through this cannot be stressed enough."

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"Please don't think this won't affect you, by going out and visiting family you are putting people at risk. Please wash your hands. Please stay indoors. Please help us."

Gaya Mahalingam, Doctor, Luton
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"Shout out to every single other worker out there (waste collectors, supermarket workers, policemen & shop owners) including both my parents, who are staying open to provide essential goods and services to their local communities!"

Mayuri Jeganathan, Optometrist, London
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"The young Tamil community is obligated to spread news of verified government institutions. We must fight against the spreading of fake news coming from unofficial sources."

Tamilselvan J, GKP, M ülhein an der Ruhr
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'Taking care of an adult is very different to taking care of a child. But here I stand with my coworkers doing something I thought I’d never do.'

Thibyaa Mahasivam, Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, London

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'It is undeniably a difficult time for everyone which is why more than ever it’s crucial to support each other as a community and society in the ways that we are able to.'

Meenakshi Bala, Doctor, Birmingham
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'I am lucky to work with an amazing team of healthcare professionals who are all extremely motivated and dedicated to patient care despite the increased risks and personal safety concerns.'

Sahaana Rangarajan, Doctor, Toronto
#Toronto #COVID19 #coronavirus #CanadaCovid19 #Canada Image
'Please be socially responsible and stay home. It may be boring and isolating, but your choice to stay home will help prevent spread. Help your fellow frontline heroes fight this war! We can do this!'

Durgaa Rajendran, Doctor, Toronto

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'Being a mother of a 1-year-old, and walking into the PCU during my on-call, knowing that I am putting myself and my little one at risk is a little overwhelming.'

Ann Marshall, Doctor, Batticaloa
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'I’m currently working as a physician in NYC and I honestly don't have an adjective to describe the experience. It's worse than I ever imagined.

The system is broken... We need change. Now.'

Dhiviyan Valentine, Doctor, New York City
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'My message to anyone reading this would be to take coronavirus seriously, to look after yourselves and families and to take sensible measures to avoid spreading infection.'

Agalya Ramanathan, Doctor, London
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'Tamils like to get together, visit each other and we love the big family life. Normally that’s a very good matter. But at this time, it is important to keep social distancing.

நோயற்ற வாழ்வே குறையற்ற செல்வம்!'

Kugarajah Arulrajah, Surgeon, Hamburg
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'Through my work I have found that there are so many people who are scared and don’t know what to do.'

Senay Yoha, Medical Student, Zurich
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'I work in the emergency department of Lariboisière Hospital in Paris.... Please don’t think that the virus can attack only other people and not you or your relatives. Everybody has to be concerned.'

Tulasiga Ratnam, Doctor, Paris
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'Many lessons will be learnt from this new chapter, but I hope this pandemic has shown people the necessities of life and what not to take for granted.'

Jannakki Navaratnam, Registered Nurse, Toronto

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"It truly will be helpful to control the spread of COVID-19 if people respect the requests to socially distance themselves and stay home, if they really don’t need to see a healthcare professional."

MornaLisa Sinnathurai, Registered Nurse, Montreal
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"We are lucky to have wonderful grandparents at home to look after their children, which gives us a bit of space to work. We want to ask everyone to be considerate of frontline workers.”

Selvabarath Muralitharan & Surabiga Nadarajah, Doctors, Ontario - Husband and wife.
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"Next time we clap for our carers, let’s spare a thought for all the people who are dying on their own with no family around them."

Niro Kuganenderan, Doctor, London
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