Covid-19: An appeal for Help. A letter to Hoteliers and Entrepreneurs of Nepal

Covid-19: An appeal for help is a letter or an opinion given by Dr Janith Singh, dr.janith@gmail.com from National Trauma Centre of Nepal.

Namaste.

I am a Nepalese doctor, I am that nerd from school who you occasionally remember when your mother’s knees hurt or when your child has a rash but you comfortably forget during good times. When you’re few pegs down, I am also that very person who almost always gets to listen to morbid tales of unethical money mongering practice of that one per cent of millionaire doctors of Nepal, while I am still financially dependent on my family. Unfortunately, that’s how Nepal is. Here showbiz sells, real estate sells, fake sells, corruption sells, paperwork sells, tourism sells, crime sells, politics sells, religion sells; the only thing that doesn’t sell is science. The way our society is poised today, science is for losers, for the ones that are not “street smart” enough. But today things are a bit different. Look around you and give it a thought, covid19 is going to take us back to an era when things were simpler and survival was the key. Hopefully temporary but there seems to be no room for pretence in the days to come. No place for empty suits and analysts. The virus is just too raw to predict its long term mayhem. But one thing that can be said with surety is that if this nation were to keep going, you will have to listen to a nerd for once. I hope these few lines worth of sarcasm should get your attention. I am but a representation of thousands of other such nerds who are currently working in the frontlines during this covid19 pandemic. It’s not for the money, it’s our job, we are proud of it and we want to keep it that way. This is where we need your help.

To put things straight, we are not afraid of the virus. In fact, a lot of us would rather be affected by it and get on with it. We already have so many other diseases that we deal with on a daily basis that are possible as worse as corona in terms of fatality. But this one is different because it is highly contagious. It bothers us every day when we go back home to our ageing parents and grandparents and children. What if we were vectors? God forbid, if anything happens to them, we will never be able to forgive ourselves. A lot of us live as tenants with ageing and often ailing parents or grandparents, it is almost impossible to quarantine ourselves in such circumstances. The only way we can deliver our very best at work is if we had freedom from worries of passing on the disease to our family.

Except for a handful of offers from good Samaritans (may God bless their families!) the hotel and tourism entrepreneurs were eerily silent. That generous offer of rooms for quarantine facilities never came about. It was probably naïve of us to have that sort of expectation or perhaps the economics of losing big tourist business took precedence over everything else. But with the rising number of covid19, the likelihood of doctors and health care workers getting exposed to the disease is now real. If the front liners fail or falter, the hospitals will get sealed one after another. No amount of glamour, gold or glitterati is going to save us from the catastrophe that will follow suit. Neither Medanta nor Apollo, Bumrungrad or Rajiv Gandhi can come to our rescue. You and I have no choice but to have faith in our system. It’s upon us to nurture it, protect it.

From this platform, I on behalf of thousands of others would like to urge the hoteliers and entrepreneurs to open doors for us. You were prepositioned to manage the logistics of millions of incoming tourists to visit Nepal 2020, so managing hundreds or even thousands shouldn’t be a big problem. If you let know of the basic running cost and our professional governing body (eg. Health Ministry, NMA) helps you with the logistics of how to keep your facility and your staff safe, we think we can move ahead in no time.

We are all on this together.

Let us take care of the present, tomorrow will take care of itself.

Best wishes
Dr Janith Singh, dr.janith@gmail.com
National Trauma Centre

 

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