Sister Jessie Saldanha reports:
As a member of the COVID-19 task force at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, Sister Jessie Saldanha ensures round the clock monitoring of stocks in the Department of Pharmacy.
As the hospital organizes the preparation of its isolation ward to care for infected persons, Sister Jessie has initiated the collaboration of Apostolic Carmel Sisters of Bangalore Province to prepare PPEs (personal protective equipment) for the frontline health care personnel of the hospital.
She has personally designed the headgear for the health care personnel of the hospital. The medical students who are religious nuns have been included as well to assist in the manufacture of PPEs. Regular education for all health care professionals is being conducted regularly.
Under Sister Jessie’s able guidance, the pharmacy is manufacturing its own hand sanitizers to meet the needs of the hospital. For Sister Jessie, it has been a “24-seven” responsibility.
Sister Jyothsna George, a medical student at St. John’s shares the following:
As the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 has claimed many lives all over the world and is spreading at a faster rate, St. Johns Medical College has been closed. Even though the college remains closed, the professors are in touch with us, the students through WhatsApp. Classes are being conducted via Zoom for all the clinical subjects. Assignments and online tests are sent daily via a website and through WhatsApp.
We, the MBBS student Sisters, offer special prayers daily in small groups of three or four, for the control of this pandemic and for the healing of those affected. We attend the live eucharistic celebration and adoration on YouTube and pray the rosary, mercy rosary daily, and stations of the cross on Fridays in our hostel.
We also take some time daily for making masks and PPEs for the staff in our hospital attending to the isolated and the patients suspected of COVID-19.