Dr Rajan is a prolific writer and his articles are published in various newspapers, websites, journals and online magazines.
One of his latest articles got the homepage coverage on April 12, 2020 in the popular Online magazine Complete Wellbeing is Has Mankind Finally Met God?
Recharge your batteries in Speaking Tree as well as Economic Times also got good reviews:
Dr Rajan TD writes
Spare a thought for the Physician in the Covid clinic. Dermatologists are the lucky ones.
Dr. Rajan T.D.
Doctor deaths in India upto July 1, 2020
After a 1 ½ month break due to lockdown, I have been attending the clinic since the past 6 weeks. The consulting practice of about 6 hours per day was drastically curtailed to less than two hours a day. The bustling OPD of BC (Before Covid) days were deliberately reduced to 4-6 patients seen at a 15-minute interval who were booked by advanced appointment. The receptionist takes special care to interrogate (harsh word, no?) the patient, rechecking that the patient is not coming from a Covid family or a Containment zone etc.
It took me and my staff about a week to get used to our new fashion: mask, goggles / face shield, long aprons and double gloves. This was sufficient for just skin consultation from a 3’ distance using illuminated magnifying glass and torches. Being a dermatologist I was lucky to postpone all skin procedures on the head, face, neck and other body parts due to which donning the cumbersome PPE could be avoided. Even wearing this was a huge task with the face shield or goggles getting foggy under the N95 mask and the unclear vision in an AC-switched off clinic. Seeing 4 patients in an hour, the head starts aching and it feels that it has been a whole day’s work.
The driver is paid salary but is asked to stay at home as he may be coming from a less than comfortable surroundings which scares everyone ranging from the clinic watchman to my residential neighborhood. Reaching home, the endless task begins… of telling family members to stay away as the door gets opened and the shoe gets sanitized, one darts straight to the bathroom where the ritual of spraying sanitizer on the wallet, comb, keys etc begins and ends with a scrub bath.
A quick meal and then, like never before, off to bed to relieve the stress of seeing less than a dozen patients – mind you, without any back breaking surgery. Aha, that is a great deal of work for the dermatologist.
The Real Workers
Now just imagine what must be happening to the chest physician, the ICU staff, the nurse and the wardboys who actually handle Covid-19 patients! Oh, one cannot thank them enough. I pray for their continued good physical and mental health. We all must say a small prayer for the silent Paramedical staff: the cooks, ward boys, laboratory technicians, ayahs, nurses, mortuary attendants, ambulance drivers etc. whose efforts ensure that the doctors are actually able to help their patients.
Also you all should be aware that over a hundred doctors all over India have lost the Covid battle themselves and are no longer with us. Let us also pray for the sustained good health of the families of each of the martyrs who gave up their life in order to save ours.
Let this post be a reminder to disbelieve all those news items which make a mockery of the medical profession as there are more angels around us than black sheep. May God give you all the courage to face this Covid challenge and emerge victorious both physically and emotionally.