Meet Dhaval Parekh, the young doctor who was called for contact tracing of patients as part of the government initiative. The final year resident doctor studying at BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad immediately joined the force to volunteer for the cause. Though his line of work did not entail patient contact, one day he developed fever, followed with a change of taste, weakness, and diarrhea. The young doctor on the frontline was diagnosed positive to Corona Virus.
During his treatment, Dhaval admits that he was lucky to have the best of care from the government and the doctors as he and his colleagues were put up in a hotel dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The atmosphere was one of support and understanding which helped him overcome the illness fast enough. He attributes this to the awareness of the medical community that he himself belongs to. The awareness he feels helps takes out the fear and myths that surround the disease, especially the stigma that is attached to the people who are suffering from it.
Currently, post his recovery, Dhaval is working in the death registry department in the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
Dhaval has been a witness to many medical experiments and studies for the treatment of Coronavirus. Among many experiments to his knowledge, one such experiment that stuck him was the encouraging results of the plasma treatment.
As a student, he recalls the subject of plasma donation in his post-graduation studies and has read about the same in his studies and articles.
Dhaval was contacted by the local authorities for plasma donation. He immediately agreed. Speaking about the process, Dhaval says, “the process starts from taking the consent of the donor, followed with a medical checkup, hemoglobin count test and suitability of the plasma for antibodies for patients.” He admits that, just like any other common man, he too had some doubts and concerns about the side effects of the plasma donation which was allayed by the doctors who explained the whole process to him. Plasma donation is no different than a normal blood donation, Dhaval recounts.
“There are not enough donors who are coming forward for the plasma donation and non-medical survivors of the illness do not turn up, this needs to change,” adding that, Dhaval says, he is committed to inspiring more people to come forward.
Dhaval states that the will to never give up plays a very important role and he expresses his gratitude towards the support from his family and friends. Dhaval urges all to take precautions as the cases are rising and we are moving towards unlocking the country. India he feels is yet to reach the peak and it is prudent that the community understands the importance of government directives and initiatives to stem the pandemic.
Meanwhile, on the frontline, this young doctor and the Corona champion continue to take up every responsibility coming his way that strengthens the fight against this pandemic.