I am a pharmacist working in the mining environment, in an institutional pharmacy, since 2011. The company that I work for has been rendering medical services to the mine and its stakeholders for many years.
Our patients are from diverse backgrounds, countries and cultures working extremely hard under strenuous conditions and long hours to provide for themselves and their dependents. The work that they do is demanding to say the least.
I can think of many challenges and hardships that we as pharmacists and our assistants have had to overcome during these strange and trying times. I can talk about sore overworked feet carrying our tired bodies around for hours on end. I can talk about never ending queues. I can talk about the fear and uncertainty of exposure on the front-line. I can talk about dry, cracked “over-sanitized” hands. I can even talk about lost time and sacrifice with our families at home…but I choose rather to tell my story of caring brave pharmacy warriors contributing in our own way to fight this pandemic.
We have endeavored to ensure that patients are covered with ample supply of chronic medication for extended periods. We’ve supplied advice on improvement of overall health and wellbeing. We divided our workforce and resources into shifts to avoid everyone falling ill at the same time. We have become masked warriors…waging war on an invisible virus enemy…our only weapons are our personal-protective equipment and sanitizer, trying to stay afloat and contribute to the resistance.
Our hope is solely based on passing time and hoping scientists develop a wonder medication as soon as possible, while our patients play their part in looking after themselves.