Real stories - Interview with Naradevi
Date and Place of Interview: 28th December, 2010.
Name: Ishwori Tamang
Position: Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM), 6th Level
- What is your work schedule? How many hours a day? How many days a week?
Generally, my work schedule is 8 am – 3 pm. I work for eight hours per day for 6 days in a week.
- How long have you been working in the field of burns?
It’s been almost 18 years that I am working in the field of burns.
- How did you get involved in this kind of work?
After my husband became the burn patient (60%), I got involved in the field of burns. Before that, I was in nursing duty in Teku hospital.
- How do you feel about your job? Please explain why, if and how you enjoy or don’t enjoy your work.
I am very satisfied with my work. If I hadn’t experienced my husband’s pain, I would not have been here. And also I do have experience of working in the field of burns.
- What do you most like and dislike about your work?
I feel bad when people do not have enough money to pay for treatment. I am bothered when patients don’t understand and don’t cope with the medical staffs.
It satisfies me to see the patients getting relief from pain.
- What are the biggest challenges, you face personally in what you do?
I do have to do everything here. I have to work personally. Even being a cancer patient, I work from my heart for the burn patients. I always try to make sure that the patients are prepared for the dressing beforehand.
- What do you think is the biggest thing you contribute to the field you work in?
Social service to the burn patients is what I can contribute. After retirement also, I will be visiting the patients.
- What do you think are the biggest needs in environment you work in?
The biggest needs are:
- Heater for winter
- Proper nutrition should be provided weekly.
- Physiotherapist as it’s not effective here at times.
- Committed staffs needed.
- What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by survivors?
Most of the patients face monetary tension. They are scared because they do not have sufficient money to pay to the hospital. In such, many patients run away. The survivors are often left alone by their families and visitors.
- What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by patients (these include those that don’t always survive)?
To save them and be ready enough to pay any amount are the biggest challenges faced by the patients.
- What do they tell you are their biggest challenges and problems?
- Challenges: Patients are those who discuss on simple situations especially inter-caste marriage.
- Problems: They explain about their problem like extra marital affair, no sound economical background.
- What would you like to see change and how?
I really hope good services for patients. Possibly 10 days by BVS for nutrition.
- What is your opinion on the state of burns and particularly that of burns violence in this country?
The country has not done anything for the burn patients. I think it is the responsibility of the state to look for the burn patients. There is no awareness through media. I think there should be wider dissemination of information through media so that there might be decrease in suicide cases in Nepal.
- How big a problem do you think burns violence is?
It is a big problem. Burn patients cannot do work properly. In addition, they face family dispute. There is lack of good behavior and support by family.
- How to you think this problem should be tackled?
I consider counseling to the burn patients is very important. Awareness in the family and relatives is vital. Patients should be encouraged with similar other stories. Also, physiotherapy does play a vital role.
- Do you think that effective change can be made? How?
There should be coordination between the working team of doctors, nurses and other medical staffs. Solution if found can make change. Need should be assessed, be it by the donor or the government.
- If you had the power and influence to change 3 things about the current state of this field what would those be, why and how would you propose to make these changes?
- Donation: Always donate for the medication, nutrition, counseling and burn unit as well as the cancer patients as most of them have poor background.
- Awareness: Though media, newspaper and organizing awareness program in different society and community.
- Management: Manage the unit systematically. Always encourage the staffs.
- Do you feel motivated and have hope in your work?
- Motivation: I am not motivated because I am doing my duty and no one has appreciated my work.
- Hope: I do not have any hope from my work. After sometime I will retire out but I will still continue my work for the patients.
- What do you see for the future?
I hope the management will be more systematic. People be aware of this burns issues and moreover media might highlight more in this.
- Please feel free to add anything that you think has been left out.
It would be better if there was a plastic surgeon doctor, so that the treatment would be more effective.