Guilt compels nurse to make comeback, to fight Covid-19

26 Mar 2020 / 07:40 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The hard work shouldered by Covid-19 front liners has inspired former nurse, Maryam Marfuzah Ahmad Marzuki, 40, to return and contribute to the health industry.

Since Covid-19 was first detected in the country last January, she has been feeling hopeless and guilty for only being able to hear the news of the outbreak at home without being able to offer any help despite her past nursing experience.

So when the Ministry of Health (MOH) recalled retired nurses and doctors to make a comeback, she did not hesitate and sent an application to help ease the burden of existing staff.

“I’ve been back in Malaysia for two years and have been a housewife. When the Covid-19 hit us, I cried for my friends who were physically and mentally exhausted out there helping.

“I feel hopeless and guilty just sitting at home and not helping out, that’s why I want to be with the frontline staff to help control the Covid-19 situation in the country,“ she told Bernama.

The mother of the two has the full support of the family, especially her husband, Mohd Zaini Abdul Manaf, 45, who is willing to take care of their boys, aged 12 and 13, should she be recalled.

The risk of getting infected does not cross her mind as she is more concerned with helping the patients and reducing the burden of her colleagues.

“I had served in the infection control and surgical wards before, so with my ten years of experience, I am mentally and physically prepared under any circumstances,“ she said.

Yesterday health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said MoH had identified about 3,000 nurses and contract medical personnel including those who had retired, to help the ministry handle the Covid-19 outbreak. - Bernama

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