Not all superheroes wear capes and leap off tall buildings, fighting evil plots to destroy the world. Sometimes they wear PPE.
She’s a tiny dynamo, our Doctor B. Fierce and compassionate, she fights for justice with a stethoscope and a reassuring word. In normal times, she leads our health work, sees patients in our mini-hospital, and works hand-in-hand with our network of community health workers.
But times aren’t normal right now, are they? Instead of a steady influx of patients with ordinary illnesses, Doctor B and her small team are being flooded with potential Covid-19 patients. While most of India is locked down, forbidden from leaving their homes, Doctor B is on the front line. Like health workers everywhere, she is willingly and knowingly putting herself at risk to serve the most vulnerable – the ones society leaves out.
Like many of us, Doctor B is also a mom (to active twin boys!), a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Like us, she is also cooking for her family, caring for her parents and grandparents, and tucking her twins in at night, all while managing the complexities of leading a health system in the midst of a pandemic.
That’s why today, she is our hero. Our superhero in PPE.
Stories are real, all names and photos have been changed for protection, and are representative.