Saying it with dance: How doctors spread awareness on COVID-19


An surprising praise from a younger affected person she had executed an eye fixed surgical procedure on practically a yr in the past introduced a smile to Dr A Rupa’s face. The little one’s mom reached out to the paediatric ophthalmologist at Aravind Eye Hospital (AEH) in Madurais aying her son wished to speak to her. The younger boy got here on line and bursting with pleasure advised her: “Aunty, I did not know you could dance! I always thought of you as the strict doctor wearing a mask. It was fun watching you in a video!”

The video in query highlights 20 easy ideas on learn how to keep protected from COVID-19. The messages are concerning the correct technique to put on a masks, preserve hygiene, and the precise technique to wash palms. Its novelty is that 30 doctors working in 9 completely different super-specialities at AEH in Madurai, Chennai, Puducherry and Tirupati, reinforce the messages by performing them out alongside with some feet-tapping to Brentcc Music’s Stayin Alive.

Ever for the reason that 4.50-minute video was uploaded first on Facebook and later on YouTube on Mother’s Day (as 28 of them are mothers), the medicos have been overwhelmed on the optimistic suggestions not solely from their colleagues but in addition from their sufferers, pals, household, neighbours, different professionals and folks outdoors medical fraternity.

“The video has been shared extensively on various WhatsApp groups as well and has become unexpectedly popular,” laughs Chennai-based Dr Shruti Nishanth, who conceived and executed the mission with her co-sister, Dr Preethika Gandhi, Cornea Consultant at AEH-Madurai. They got here up with the thought as they encountered a barrage of doubts from their non-medical pals about the precise well being practices through the pandemic. Questions ranged from, ‘Should we switch on the air-conditioners?’, ‘Are ice creams allowed?’ and ‘How long does a home-made mask last?’. “Everybody is constantly worrying and that includes us doctors too. So we wanted to introduce some energy and positivity, a few moments of laughter and smiles,” says Dr Preethika.

It took them two days to direct, choreograph and put together separate video clips for every physician who agreed to take part. “We sent them the start and the end cues because it was meant to be a video in continuity. For instance, if in one frame, one doctor is throwing an apple, in the next, another doctor is catching it. We showed them some basic steps and each had to convey one message. They were free to improvise, choose their attire and props.”

None of the members knew what the opposite was doing and to what music they had been grooving to. “It was meant to be a surprise for all,” says Dr Shruti.

Cataract chief at AEH-Chennai, Dr Haripriya Aravind says for an individual like her who doesn’t dance, it was an uncommon expertise and her 14-year-old son, who shot the video, was embarrassed to see what she was doing.

“But I loved the way the digital world connected us. We are all friends and I have worked with each of the doctors and this effort reconnected us once again as one big family,” says Dr Haripriya including, “There was camaraderie behind the spirit of enacting important messages without actually knowing the final content or outcome of the film.”

“People tend to think doctors are serious by nature. Our patients, who usually see us in gowns and masks were most surprised and thrilled to see us in a different avatar,” says Dr Kowsalya Thiruvadi, a neuro ophthalmologist in Madurai. “Our families too were involved and altogether it was an enjoyable experience during the lockdown period.”

While one physician did just a few steps of Bharatanatyam within the conventional costume, just a few others energy danced and jazzed up the sequence. Preethika, who did the ultimate collating and enhancing utilizing a cellular app, says directing the novice dancers was each straightforward and daunting, however undoubtedly enjoyable. “Medical professionals telling you not to fear Coronavirus in a fun way, definitely rings in positivity,” she says.

“We have already received a few requests for making more such videos. “Next, we are planning to spread cheer and lift the spirits of our child patients,” sums up Shruti.

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