Medical students help health workers at the forefront of COVID-19 fight

Medical students help health workers at the forefront of COVID-19 fight

Currently, alongside their senior colleagues, medical students and future doctors are also at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus, the invisible, but such a dangerous enemy. Students of the Astana Medical University are among those who save the lives of coronavirus patients in clinics in the Kazakh capital. They courageously help doctors in city clinics and hospitals, as well as infectious and non-infectious diseases hospitals. Nuriddin Rozmat is one of them. He is a 25-year-old graduate of medical internship in pediatrics and works as an assistant infectious disease doctor at the Multidisciplinary Infectious Diseases Center in Nur-Sultan. A native of the village of Zhanabazar in Kazygurt district of Turkistan region, Rozmat studied medicine for seven years. This year, the young professional plans to continue his studies as a resident in his university at the Department of Children’s Infectious Diseases. In the future, he wants to focus all his efforts on child health.  Rozmat admits that he and his comrades are trying their best to help doctors and support patients.

“We come to work at 8 a.m. every day, together with the doctors we go into the staff room, change clothes and then head to the ‘dirty’ zone and pass by the ‘clean’ one. Every day at 9 a.m. we start conducting checks on sick patients. We must always have a patient’s history with us. Every morning we learn the condition of the patients. It is important to measure the patient’s oxygen saturation level with a pulse oximeter and to check with the nurses whether the patient had an increased body temperature. Only after that we can fill in the diaries: how the patient spent the night, whether there were any difficulties, whether he experienced shortness of breath. Then, together with the supervisor and fellow doctors we prescribe further treatment. They teach us everything. I am incredibly grateful to them. I am glad I went to medical school and majored in this field. I am proud of our doctors. I am proud that I am a doctor,” Rozmat shared.

He also shared that coronavirus made him stronger and added confidence in his knowledge.

“I had COVID-19 myself in the spring. I underwent treatment for two weeks, and then was on self-isolation. To my joy, my family are all healthy, and this is the most important thing. I noted for myself that it is important to be confident, selfless and responsible as a doctor. I would like to give advice to students of medical universities to not be afraid of anything, always move forward, believe in yourself and your abilities, and everything will work out. And to the doctors I wish success and good health so that they do not get sick,” Rozmat said.

He said that currently hundreds of students of the capital’s medical university are working in the city hospitals alongside their senior colleagues. For each of them, this is undoubtedly a risk, but also an invaluable experience, and most importantly, a real opportunity to come to the aid of those who need it in time.