In her statement released by Department of Communication and Informatics of Padang Panjang on Wednesday, Dr. Dessy said that when it was first tested positive for COVID-19 and its journey to recovery was an touching experience, but brought wisdom closer to the Creator.
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When contacted by a pulmonary specialist at Padang Panjang Hospital on Thursday (4/30) at 10:00 P.M, it was hard for her when she got information that her results of the swab examination were positive.
She remembered on April 23, 2020, she did contact with NS patients from Tanah Datar District who tested positive for COVID-19 and then she also have to take a swab examination.
It turned out that not only herself, the results of contact tracing of health workers with NS patients and health workers with colleagues at the hospital made 70 health workers and security officers have to take a swab.
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"The first results were 13 positive people. At that time it was hard for me because I also thought about the family members who make contact with me," she said.
Not only that, it was more so hard for her because she also thought about the condition of her colleagues at her clinic.
"But I am happy when I know the result of swab examination from my colleagues are negative," she said.
When packing to undergo isolation at the Regional Hospital, her family encouraged her to stayed patient and confident that she would recover soon.
"The early days in the isolation room were filled with sadness. But we supported each other. This process made me pray more, be more patient, think positive and closer to God," she said.
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In the isolation period, Dr. Dessy and other colleagues complied with medication therapy according to the prescription given by the doctor and followed the diet according to the needs of the body and their respective symptoms.
"Alhamdulillah, The results of the second and third swab tests were from 10 health workers were negative, so we were declared recovered of COVID-19 on May 12, 2020," she said.
Her experience is expected to be a reminder to the community that in the current outbreak conditions should be able to refrain from doing activities outside if not important and urgent.
In addition, the community is expected to provide correct information when they want to seek treatment and when they just return from the exposed area, they should undergo independent isolation to prevent possible transmission of the virus.
She hopes that the central and regional governments should be in line in determining policies, especially the planned to loosen the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), because it is feared that it will add cases so that the outbreak will never end.
"The more important thing, don't judge positive COVID-19 patients and their families because it adds pressure to them," she said.
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