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Coronavirus Australia: Doctor has worked for 28 days straight

A hero doctor has worked tirelessly for 28 days straight to treat up to 55 patients a day as the coronavirus crisis puts pressure on health professionals. 

Dr Kamran Ali is a general practitioner at two Brisbane clinics in Kallangur and Kenmore, working from 9am until 5pm – or sometimes later- without a break. 

Nearby clinics are closing their doors as vulnerable medics hang up their scrubs and work from home to avoid the danger of becoming infected.

With many practices not taking on new patients as GPs decline, Dr Ali, the only doctor at the Australian Doctors Clinic Kallangur branch, is forced to work non stop overseeing between 50 to 55 people a day.

Dr Kamran Ali (pictured) has worked for four weeks straight, seeing up to 55 patients a day, to ensure people are receiving adequate medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dr Kamran Ali (pictured) has worked for four weeks straight, seeing up to 55 patients a day, to ensure people are receiving adequate medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dr Kamran Ali (pictured) has worked for four weeks straight, seeing up to 55 patients a day, to ensure people are receiving adequate medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic

‘Our whole health care clinic system is overloading,’ his wife Nazia told Daily Mail Australia.  

‘There are many doctors with chronic conditions, pregnant, or that have kids under one at home. The doctors are in a lot of stress. 

‘Doctors are as scared as anybody else, they are at risk. They are on the front line.

‘It is a difficult time.’   

Dr Ali is one of many doctors working tirelessly across the country as patient numbers rise and health facilities become increasingly overburdened.

Last week, he held patient consultations in the car park so others in the waiting room were not put as risk. 

A shortage of supplies has left doctors without personal protection equipment, including masks.  

Mrs Ali said she is worried about doctors contracting the illness as they currently do not have enough protection.

Her husband is currently using face masks that were donated by a local medical student. 

Dr Ali pictured with his wife Nazia and sons, Rayyan, ten, and  Moiz, eight, at Legoland

Dr Ali pictured with his wife Nazia and sons, Rayyan, ten, and  Moiz, eight, at Legoland

Dr Ali pictured with his wife Nazia and sons, Rayyan, ten, and  Moiz, eight, at Legoland

In response to the shortage, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday crucial health supplies have been ordered and 54 million masks are expected to be in the country by the end of April. 

The mother-of two said while all doctors are doing their best and the government is doing everything it can to support them, the crisis is continuing to put the health care system under immense pressure. 

The sharp influx of patients has also forced doctors to become selective about who they treat. 

Mrs Ali said with such a high volume, critical cases remain the highest priority -meaning some people are experiencing delays receiving medical attention.    

Earlier this week, the government announced Telehealth, a digital consultation platform, will be expanded to allow vulnerable doctors to work from home. 

While the alternative is safer, some ailments and illnesses require face-to-face diagnosis or treatment, such as cuts and stitches.

Mrs Ali said although the system is great for helping doctors, those who have underlying condition or are over the age of 60-70 are opting to use the service, which puts more pressure on workers in clinics.  

She said her husband told her ‘at the moment I can’t take a break, these patients have no where to go, the clinics nearby are not accepting these patients.’

An image of Dr Ali (pictured) went viral earlier this week when his wife shared the details of her husbands intensive work schedule

An image of Dr Ali (pictured) went viral earlier this week when his wife shared the details of her husbands intensive work schedule

An image of Dr Ali (pictured) went viral earlier this week when his wife shared the details of her husbands intensive work schedule

Mrs Ali said despite being exhausted in the evening, her husband is passionate about his work and driven by helping others. 

On Sunday, she shared a photo of her husband in his scrubs to a Facebook Group dedicated to acts of kindness unfolding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The post praising her husband, and other doctors, for their dedicated work has since gone viral, racking up more than 51,000 likes and almost 6000 comments. 

The comment section was flooded with thousands of messages of support for Dr Ali, thanking him for his essential act of service.

Despite the harrowing conditions of the pandemic, Mrs Ali said it has been uplifting witnessing people respond to the hardship with acts of kindness towards others.  

‘Everyone is coming out with love and support. I have seen people doing amazing things for others – paying people’s rent and their groceries. It is amazing.  

‘You see these kindness acts going around and it motivates you to do more.’  

Source: dailymail UK

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