‘Thank you for saving my life.I wouldn’t have made it if I hadn’t joined Danphe Care on time.’
‘Danphe Team has a family.We have been a part of this family since the day we got enrolled in Danphe Care after we were diagnosed with COVID-19.’
‘Lets meet up for a coffee.Let us have a picnic with our team who helped us completely during this harsh time.COVID-19 had made me restless and anxious.How easily did I and my family cruise through despite so much of fear on Day one of diagnosis?’
‘I was admitted with your referral letter.I needed oxygen therapy unto 15 liters/minute.See, I am back.Thank you for saving me and my family.’
‘You made me realize that voice and counseling heals.Constant care of Anu sister was no less than a care of mother.’
And it goes on……..
After more than a year of telemedicine service to COVID-19 patients, there has been a lot of accumulation of good words in my favor. Initially helping my community, Changunarayan municipality,Bhaktapur with free services was how my COVID-19 journey began.Emotional since childhood, I have seen sufferings. I have seen how saving lives matter. I have seen how helping heals.A life lost in a family, means the family has lost everything,their whole world and let me be honest, the family won’t be able to stand on their own feet for a long time.
Nothing compares to the joy of caring for those who need us the most,with our own hands. An adrenaline rush, the sense of winning a battle in emergency department, providing what we can with the knowledge we have,shall stay long, for the lifetime. Learning with love from seniors and helping juniors learn and sharing ideas with colleagues, in physical appearance is what everyone aspires for. Well, sinnce long time, we are unable to be physically present. There can be restrains, for sure, as not everything goes in our favor,in our life.But, we have to continue to make a positive difference in everything we are a part of. And then, the physical journey of Dhulikhel Emergency Department, a home,came to a halt. Oh, how much I miss my family over there!
Lets now shift our talk to the absence of physical presence. Will the impact of care be still the same? I would’t reply positively to the question,for sure.It is because the touch, feel and see compares to nothing in the world.
But, will it make a difference in people’s life, health and outcome?
You can find the answer yourself in first few lines of the blog.
In a developing nation like Nepal, the true essence of telemedicine hasn’t been realized to the core. After joining Danphe Care, I have personally looked after hundreds and hundreds of patients where they couldn’t afford to visit a doctor.It could be due to financial burden or geographical hindrances. Thanks to Danphe Care, which as an NGO, provides free telemedicine services-clearing the hurdles.Let me thank the local health care providers and authorities to provide me with helping hands to help those in real need. Rural areas of Pyuthan, Bajura and Dhading has weekly telemedicine services from Danphe Care, where I am joined by Dr. Amrita Upadhyay and Dr. Anushruti Parajuli. A special helping hand from Dr. Suyash Timalsina in every once in a while can not be ignored. Trust me, I have seen people of so much diversities in their thoughts, care and way of lives in the places I served, as a part of free telemedicine service from this NGO.
I have seen traditional healers,’Jhakris’ puncturing and extending wound of snake bites and applying tourniquet such that the blood flow is compromised. I have seen that the local health care centers lacks even the basic medicines, despite government claiming to increase the lists of essential medicines. Trust me, I felt deeply touched when I couldn’t even provide a tetanus toxoid injections to those with dirty wounds,deep enough to have potential Tetanus. I was sad to know that the health centers weren’t even provided with the basic minimal of a pulse oximeter. Do I need to tell you that I can’t even do a complete metabolic panel to those who really need it? And I can’t even perform an Xray to rule out potential intestinal perforation of a chronic alcoholic presenting with severe abdominal pain.Well, all I can do is serve them with the best of my judgement and refer for further care. There are a lot of stories, like this..I can go on..for long..and write long..
But,let me shift my words towards COVID-19 care. I joined Danphe care since December 2020.But my COVID experience was way earlier than that with a lot of online webinars from WHO, UK Public Health,Medscape and so on.My direct first hand experience was as a part of volunteering service to Changunarayan Municipality. It was nice experience. Danphe Care gave me ample varieties of patients,mostly from the hearts of Kathmandu or other city hubs.Well, the horizon expanded to the rural of Dang, Surkhet, Kalaiya till Malaysia, UAE and so on.Just some reviews were what was presented in the beginning of the blog.
Oh, yes! Telemedicine was switched to Tele consultations for those beyond geographical borders of Nepal.
Another dimension! NRNA and Danphe jointly provides free tele consultation services those Nepali migrant workers in foreign lands. I,along with Reshma Shahi,registered nurse, have consulted a lot of cases from Japan, UAE,Saudi Arab,Qatar etc. Triaging,counseling and potential referral was what we mostly did. So, you can understand how much it means to those who have been toiling abroad,in foreign soils, to look for their families back in Nepal.
There has been a lot of research activities, webinars, patient-centred care activities in Danphe Care. It might make you feel that I am presenting you with so much of positivities that I am sounding as if this is my own NGO.Well, in most part yes! This is my own, our own. Let us not forget to thank Dr. Prabhat Adhikari who conceived Danphe Care in his mind and practice and made a foundation with others alike his mindset to work of the benefits of others.Our COO Phr. Kabin Maleku has also worked for days to make Danphe care stand amid its competitors. A sense of family is what binds us, together. A sense of satisfaction is what keeps us going.Everyone admires praise and feels happy that their effort is counted on and is valuable.Here, the team works days and nights to care for those in needs. I can present you a lot of stories for COVID care too.But have a look at it,by yourself. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/danphecare/reviews
A little message to the team:
Danphe care is ours. We have worked hard, equally, to serve those in need. A guidance for the betterment of society, an educational platform and a rarity of humanity amid the selfishness the world serves. We shall make it go long,long ahead and collaborate with more safer hands. Special thanks to RN Reshma, RN Anu, RN Sujata,Dr.Suyash,Dr.Divya,Dr. Anushruti,Dr.Amrita,Rebecca, RN Rubina,Anu,Kabin Dai and Prabhat dai. As a team member, I love you all. And I can proudly say, I am being loved.