Drenched in sweat, stigma, frontline nurse shares struggle treating COVID-19 patients

first_imgFor D, a 25-year-old nurse who works at Wisma Atlet Kemayoran temporary COVID-19 hospital in Central Jakarta, treating patients with coronavirus has been an uphill struggle.D said every day she had to face a lot of challenges, from bearing the discomfort of wearing a hazmat suit to being harassed by frustrated patients.”Every day we have to wear a thick hazmat suit, several layers of gloves, a face mask and face shield for eight hours. We cannot eat, drink or urinate, imagine that,” she told kompas.com recently.D, who has been assigned at the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran since May, said many fellow nurses opted to wear adult diapers but she chose not to eat and drink prior to her shift so she did not have to go to the bathroom.Every day when she takes off her personal protective equipment (PPE), all her clothes are drenched in sweat and her fingers are wrinkled.”But as time went by I got used to it,” she said.Uncomfortable PPE is not the only challenge D and other frontline workers have to overcome, patients often swear at her and other nurses when told they are not allowed to go home yet because they are still testing positive.”One of the patients told us ‘you don’t understand how we feel, we want to go home. Why do the test results always come back positive?’, she blamed us for the test result. It was upsetting to hear since we are also tired after treating many patients,” D said.D’s struggle does not end at the hospital, D and other nurses still have to face stigma and discrimination from the public due to their job.”One day I wanted to buy a drink at a small shop behind Wisma Atlet, but the clerk refused to serve me because she was afraid of getting infected,” D said.Another time, she said, a restaurant owner refused to serve one of her fellow nurses after seeing that she was wearing a shirt with the hospital name.Moreover, D said it was discouraging to hear people talking about conspiracy theories, saying that the coronavirus does not exist and that hospitals were just trying to make money.”I experienced it first hand. How could we possibly try to make a profit [out of the pandemic]? [When I am on duty] I have to struggle to take each breath to treat strangers, so such things are very upsetting [to hear],” she said.D also said she felt disheartened to see a lot of people starting to visit shopping malls and gathering at restaurants without following health protocols.”I am disappointed, it seems they don’t appreciate our warning to stay at home,” she said.Despite the struggle, D said there were also heartwarming moments when patients appreciate the nurses’ hard work.”Sometimes, patients send food to towers 2 and 3 of the hospital, where we are staying. Such a simple act really makes us happy because it means there are people who appreciate our work,” she said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Protesters gather outside White House ahead of Trump speech

first_img“We think that Trump is encouraging his people to be violent, and we are encouraging people to be peaceful,” said Oppenheimer, 53, carrying a sign that read, “Cops are tools of fascism.”Nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, sparked in May by the police killing of black man George Floyd in Minnesota, had begun to subside in recent weeks.But the flood was unleashed once more when a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin fired seven bullets point blank into the back of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, as he attempted to get into a car with his children inside.Blake survived the shooting but is likely to remain paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family’s lawyer. “There are more people who are ready for Trump to leave office,” said Washington native Michael Legend, a 33-year-old black man.Just a few yards (meters) away, shielded by large metal fences, the billionaire Republican was gearing up to accept his party’s presidential nomination for reelection with a speech on the South Lawn of the White House. “We don’t want to see Donald Trump accept the nomination. The goal is to drown it out,” said Miriam Oppenheimer, who came from Philadelphia for the demonstration.On the other side of the White House, Trump supporters had gathered on the National Mall, a sprawling green bordered with museums and monuments to US leaders. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in front of the White House Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential nomination acceptance speech, shouting with anger and demanding his resignation.”We need to get Trump out, we need to destroy the whole system. We need a revolution,” said Keheirra Wedderburn, 18, above the sound of banging drums and chants of “Trump/Pence out now!””These presidents are not gonna do anything ’cause they are not the people of color in the streets being shot,” the black student from Houston, Texas told AFP.center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Health catastrophe’: Argentine provinces strain as coronavirus cases top 500,000

first_imgArgentina initially controlled the spread of the virus with a tough quarantine beginning in the middle of March. But as economic pressures grew, restrictions were eased and infections soared, taking the country into the global top 10 for cases.Health Ministry data show that over the past month, the number of confirmed infections daily is almost half that of the number of tests carried out, one of the highest “positive” rates in the world along with Mexico and Bolivia.For months, over 90% of cases were concentrated in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area – home to almost a third of Argentina’s population – while the provinces were mainly spared.That changed abruptly in recent weeks. The provinces now account for almost a third of cases, with Córdoba, Santa Fe, Jujuy and Mendoza the most affected. Sergio Barrera Ruiz, a 52-year-old pediatrician from Jujuy in the north of Argentina, sees a local health crisis looming as the coronavirus pandemic ripples out from Buenos Aires, the capital, and grips the country’s less well-equipped provinces.Jujuy, a region of some 770,000 people, like other parts of the country has seen cases spike in recent weeks as nationwide deaths have topped 10,000. Total cases rose past 500,000 on Tuesday, with almost one in two tests now coming back positive.”Jujuy is in a health catastrophe, there aren’t enough intensive therapy beds, doctors are getting sick and patients are dying,” said Barrera Ruiz, who himself was infected with COVID-19 at work, where he said there were not enough medical personnel and an endless line of patients. Terrible increaseExperts link the increase in cases to the easing of a nationwide lockdown amid rising economic and political pressure on center-left President Alberto Fernandez. Argentina’s quarantine has been in place for almost 170 days in various forms.Around a dozen provinces have had to re-tighten restrictions in recent days due to the increase in infections. In some districts, health systems have collapsed, with neither the resources nor the personnel to support them.”Two weeks ago we were practically without cases but when the quarantine was relaxed, the cases increased terribly. We are already at a limit of beds and resources,” said Raúl Caraballo, a doctor in Santa Fe.The current rolling seven-day average number of cases in Argentina is around 10,000 daily, with about 200 daily deaths. There were a record 12,027 new confirmed cases on Tuesday.”People relaxed a lot and contagions increased in Chaco,” said Adriana Perroni, an intensive care specialist in that northeastern province. “Here we are seeing a lot of deaths of younger people, especially in the healthcare field.”Rosa Reina, president of the Argentine Society of Intensive Care, told Reuters that the rise in cases had been very abrupt, with provinces going from few cases to having intensive care beds at over 80% capacity and an oversaturated workforce.”If we do not prevent more hospitals admissions, it is very possible that we will very quickly become overwhelmed.”Topics :last_img read more

PSBB to last two weeks ‘but don’t expect pandemic to be over’, Anies says

first_imgThe reinstated partial lockdown in the capital will last the usual two weeks, said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, though further efforts to contain the pandemic are expected to take more time.Large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will be back in place on Monday and presumably be lifted on Sept. 28.“But I have to emphasize: Don’t expect the pandemic to be over in just two weeks. It won’t. If this high rate [of COVID-19’s transmission] is not slowing down, [the PSBB] will continue,” the governor said on Friday. Topics : After easing restrictions in mid-June, Anies announced on Wednesday that the city would reimpose PSBB measures after Jakarta saw a continuous spike in COVID-19 cases in the past several weeks, calling the situation “worrying”.Read also: Long road to full economic recovery as Jakarta PSBB returnsAccording to the city administration, Jakarta’s COVID-19 cases jumped from 7,980 to 11,810 in the first 10 days of September alone. Meanwhile, the isolation bed occupancy rate has reached 77 percent.Health authorities have also confirmed 2,717 deaths from the novel coronavirus in Jakarta as of Friday.center_img “It is important for us to stay at home for the next two weeks. By staying at home, we can hopefully reduce transmission,” said Anies, urging businesses to limit their activities in office spaces.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo responded to the announcement by saying that a partial lockdown should be “well and cautiously calculated.” The capital’s satellite cities are undecided about whether they should follow Jakarta in reimposing stricter COVID-19 restrictions.Health and transportation experts said another PSBB period in Jakarta would be pointless if restrictions were not implemented in surrounding areas, given that mobility across regions remains high.last_img read more

Kelapa Gading district head latest Jakarta official to die of COVID-19

first_img“More sad news: The district head of Kelapa Gading, Bapak M. Hermawan died at 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 19 in the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital [RSPI],” he said as quoted by tempo.co.Read also: Jakarta secretary Saefullah latest high-ranking official to die of COVID-19According to RSPI president director Mohammad Syahril, Hermawan was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday.At least five other Jakarta officials, including West Jakarta Mayor Uus Kuswanto, who is currently being treated at Pertamina Hospital in Central Jakarta, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks.Besides Hermawan and Saefullah, Ubay Hasan, the subdistrict head of South Meruya in West Jakarta, died of COVID-19 on Tuesday. (trn)Topics : M. Hermawan, the district head of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, died of COVID-19 on Saturday, officials said, only days after Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah succumbed to the disease.Jakarta Personnel Agency (BKD) head Chadir confirmed the news the same day, kompas.com reported.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan also confirmed the news of Hermawan’s death.last_img read more

Gary Neville outlines the main reason behind Shkodran Mustafi’s struggles at Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Gary Neville believes that Shkodran Mustafi has lacked a leader alongside him at Arsenal (Getty Images)Gary Neville believes that Shkodran Mustafi has struggled for his best form at Arsenal due to not having a strong defensive partner alongside him.The 27-year-old has been strongly criticised for his performances this season and was partly at fault for all three of Crystal Palace’s goals during their shock 3-2 win over Arsenal last weekend.Mustafi was subsequently dropped for Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Wolves on Wednesday before being recalled for their trip to Leicester City with Laurent Koscielny dropping down to the bench.Neville, who worked alongside Mustafi during his ill-fated time in charge of Valencia, suggested that Mustafi can be impulsive and his forays forward can leave his teammate’s vulnerable.ADVERTISEMENT Gary Neville outlines the main reason behind Shkodran Mustafi’s struggles at Arsenal Gary Neville worked alongside Mustafi at Valencia (Getty Images)‘I had Mustafi in Valencia for three or four months and he’s committed, he’s really good in the air but he needs someone alongside him who can pull him into position and hold him there,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He does like to wander into midfield. If you think about a back four staying in shape, spaces together, making sure you don’t become disconnected, he does like to run into midfield.‘What that then does for someone like his partner or the full-backs, they suddenly have to adjust their positions quickly, you almost quicken up the attack and then give spaces for the attackers to run into and it’s a real problem.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think at the moment he doesn’t have a strong partner alongside him. He had [Nicolas] Otamendi at Valencia the year before I got there who did really well with him. The year after obviously Otamendi went to City he then had a different partner and it became really difficult for him.‘Arsenal signed him and if they are going to play Mustafi they need a really strong partner alongside him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link147Shareslast_img read more

Arsenal slam Laurent Koscielny after club captain refuses to travel for US tour

first_imgArsenal slam Laurent Koscielny after club captain refuses to travel for US tour Comment James GoldmanThursday 11 Jul 2019 10:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Laurent Koscielny has made 353 appearances for Arsenal and has 12 months remaining on his contract (Picture: Getty)The 33-year-old has 12 months left on his current deal but was said to be considering his future after Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification after blowing their top four chances and losing the Europa League final against Chelsea.His agent, Stephane Courbis, said in May: ‘We will take some thinking time, we will meet with the club at the end of the season. He will will also make up his own mind.’Koscielny has often stated his desire to finish his playing career with his boyhood club Lorient, while he has recently been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux.Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to be close to be completing the signing of William Saliba for €30m but will immediately loan the teenage centre-half back to Saint-Etienne.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal club captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to take part in the club’s US tour (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have released a statement slamming Laurent Koscielny after the club captain expressed his desire not to be involved in the club’s upcoming US Tour.The statement read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour.‘We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are due to fly to America within the next 24 hours ahead of matches against Colorado Rapids, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Unai Emery’s plans have now been thrown into chaos.AdvertisementAdvertisementAn already difficult summer, which has seen Arsenal’s efforts to sign new players undermined by their measly £45m budget, has now taken a fresh turn for the worse.Koscielny joined Arsenal in the summer of 2010, has made 353 appearances for the club and overcame a career threatening Achilles injury suffered in May 2018 to play a prominent role during the second half of last season. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Samuel Umtiti discusses Arsenal rumours and bursts out laughing at Alexandre Lacazette’s transfer plea

first_img Comment The centre-back found his old Lyon teammate’s plea for a reunion very amusing (Picture: Canal+)Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has laughed off reports that Arsenal tried to sign him over the summer despite Alexandre Lacazette making a plea for the centre-back to join.Gunners boss Unai Emery was eager to strengthen his defence during the transfer window and eventually brought in David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8million deal on deadline day.Arsenal had been linked with a move for Umtiti – among a number of other top centre-backs – but the France international says, to his knowledge, there was never anything of substance to the rumours. Umtiti lost his starting place last season and was linked with a transfer away (Picture: Getty)In a sit-down interview with Canal Football Club on Sunday, Umtiti was shown a clip of old Lyon teammate Lacazette trying to set up a reunion at Arsenal, but only burst out laughing.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Honestly, I don’t know where this rumour with Arsenal came from,’ he said in response to the video.‘Overnight, I received messages from my friends saying, “Ah, so you are joining Arsenal?” I’m not, I’m sorry but I’m staying at Barcelona.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityProbed further on whether there had been contact with Arsenal, Umtiti continued: ‘To be honest, I don’t know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didn’t care what was happening this summer and that it wasn’t even necessary to talk to me about it.‘It was useless, I was going to have the same answer. My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most difficult of my career, especially in terms of injuries.’#CFC Alors @samumtiti ? @LacazetteAlex is waiting ⌚️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🤣 pic.twitter.com/oZ0Whs30Pg— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) September 8, 2019Umtiti struggled with a knee problem last season and lost his place in the Barcelona side to compatriot Clement Lenglet, while he was forced to pull out of the France squad that takes on Andorra on Tuesday due to a foot injury.It was briefly suggested that he might be included in a swap deal with PSG for Neymar, to which he responded: ‘It’s crazy. It made me laugh, I don’t even have an answer to where it comes from.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Sep 2019 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Advertisement Samuel Umtiti discusses Arsenal rumours and bursts out laughing at Alexandre Lacazette’s transfer plealast_img read more

Rob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal

first_imgRob Holding reveals the message David Luiz sent him before he joined Arsenal Advertisement Rob Holding started for Arsenal during their 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding has revealed that David Luiz sent him a message of support after he ruptured his cruciate ligament while playing for Arsenal against Manchester United in December.The 24-year-old had emerged as a first-team regular under Unai Emery in the first half of last season prior to the setback and has only just returned to action following nine months out.Arsenal’s defence suffered without Holding and Emery looked to strengthen that area of the pitch with the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m deal on deadline day.Holding is yet to play alongside Luiz since the Brazilian moved to the Emirates but he was impressed with his teammate after he offered him encouragement while still playing for Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 11:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link223Shares David Luiz sent Rob Holding a message of encouragement after he ruptured his cruciate ligament (Picture: Getty)‘David Luiz messaged me out of the blue and I was taken back by it,’ Holding told Arsenal’s website after the win over Standard Liege.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He just said that it happens and that I’ve got a great career ahead of me. He told me that I just need to focus and I’ll be all good, so I felt if he was doing that for me why I can’t I do that for someone else, because it may give them a little boost.‘I never played in the England Under-21s with Lewis Cook, but because we had the same injury at the same time and we had surgery on the same day, we’ve sort of kept in touch with each other. I remember when Sol Bamba for Cardiff did his injury too, so I also sent him a message.‘When you go through an injury like that and you’re out for nine or 10 months, football and rivalry is put aside and you’re just getting behind each other. But I’m ready whenever the boss needs me now, so we’ll see what happens.‘I’m happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I feel comfortable.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHolding has enjoyed a solid return to action, helping Arsenal to keep two clean sheets in both of his appearances – a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup followed by a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege.Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and there have been calls for Holding to be recalled to the side, possibly at Luiz’s expense with the summer signing struggling for form since his move.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Sadio Mane to win Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk

first_imgAdvertisement Sadio Mane is in the running to win the Ballon d’Or (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Sadio Mane deserves to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and team-mate Virgil van Dijk.Messi is bidding to win the prize for the sixth time this autumn and his greatest challenger was expected to be van Dijk, who helped transform Liverpool into Champions League winners following his £75m arrival from Southampton 18 months earlier.However, Wenger believes that Mane should be in the frame. The Senegal international finished as the Premier League’s joint-top scorer last term alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – a feat that is all the more impressive when you consider Mane does not take penalties.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Wenger believes Mane is deserving of the award as he was the ‘outstanding’ player in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning side.ADVERTISEMENTArsene Wenger names his 2019 #BallonDor winner!Thanks to @arsenesgame for their question. #AskArsene #beINWenger pic.twitter.com/bb5GlTlGlS— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) October 18, 2019Asked who should win the award, Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘Mane was the outstanding character.‘I would say – because he is a fighter… and efficient. He’s not scared of anybody. At the moment, he deserves huge credit.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLiverpool will be hoping Mane is at his very best as the Reds bid to match a Premier League record against arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s men can make it 18 wins on the bounce with a victory against the Red Devils and they’re overwhelming favourites to do so.MORE: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as the two best managers in the world Arsene Wenger backs Sadio Mane to win Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Oct 2019 11:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more