Tents for virus patients. Medics sweating in plastic suits, wearing uncomfortable, hurting masks and gloves all day. In permanent fear for themselves and for their families. "Did I just get infected? What will happen to my family?" They run double shifts, they have no time for breaks, they hardly sleep.
Johor Bahru has just been classified as Red Zone for Covid-19.
Johor's corona fighters are at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Hospital Permai in JB and at Hospital Sultanah Fatimah in Muar.
Every day we're in contact with their doctors heading operations.
We all fear the virus. The few times we go to get groceries we hate touching the shopping cart.
- Can it infect us?
- Would we register incoming virus patients?
- Take their blood pressure and temperature?
- Decontaminate the emergency room?
Who fights this war? Who really protects us?
Right: The heroes in hazmat suits. The nurses. The physicians. And don't forget the decontamination teams. Their risk of infection is just as high.
While we sit in our homes they fight for us. Physically. Mentally.
We feel these fighters deserve more than just recognition and warm words.
What do you think?
How will it be distributed? Who will supervise it?
A team of physicians from Sultan Ismail and Sultanah Aminah hospitals in Johor Bahru. Right now these physicians tell us they need urgently personal protection equipment to be able to operate. The crisis is much faster than the Government's emergency funds.
Our aim is to create a sizeable fund to be distributed evenly among all front line staff. Before reaching this goal however we need to help them to have enough personal protection equipment.
To keep them alive.
Note: We faced difficulties to find front line photos. Understandably, hospitals don't like photojournalists. Please excuse, some of the photos are not from Malaysia.