Episode 91: What We Owe To Each Other

In this episode, we have a very special guest — a long-time friend of ours, Dr. Vania, who is a second-year clinical nutrition resident currently based in Jakarta. We wanted to talk to her about the experience doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have as the COVID-19 outbreak started to spread in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. We talk through the early days of the pandemic and how stressful it was for doctors and nurses, especially with the shortage in PPE (personal protective equipment) at the time. Vania shares some of her personal insights and experiences about what a lot of doctors were going through as they were trying to deal with the virus — and the sense of danger and fear many felt during this time. We also talk about some of the improvements that have happened since then, with shorter shifts and free frequent testing.

Finally, we talk about how we as a society need to not only thank our amazing medical professionals for fighting on the front lines, but also do our part in making the situation better for them — instead of just valorizing their work (and for some, their sacrifice). It is during these times that we need to be fighting for our doctors and nurses and medical professionals — just like how they are fighting for us!

Thanks for listening!

For those who want to donate or help doctors, nurses, and medical professionals in Indonesia during this time, you can check out the Jakarta Post’s helpful guide on organizations to donate to.

Also, we want to note that these are all Vania’s personal views and do not represent the views of the hospitals or organizations she’s worked at or is currently working at.

For those interested in learning more about the topic, we’ve provided links to resources as well as other recommended readings.
Indonesian Doctors Threaten to Go on Strike over Lack of PPE — courtesy of TEMPO
At least 18 doctors have died in the fight against COVID-19 — courtesy of the Jakarta Post
The 79-year-old Indonesian doctor on the frontline of COVID-19 pandemic — courtesy of Channel News Asia
Indonesian doctor’s death exposes heartbreaking risks of coronavirus battle — courtesy of Reuters
COVID-19: Controversy ensues as village rejects nurse’s funeral in Central Java — courtesy of the Jakarta Post
FACING COVID-19: Helping Indonesian Doctors With Handmade Face Shields — how can we help our doctors?
[UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak — courtesy of the Jakarta Post
What We Owe to Each Other — by T.M. Scanlon