Vadodara: Exactly, a year ago, he was the first Covid-19 positive patient in Vadodara. And like on the day of his discharge from state-run SSG Hospital in March last year, NRI Chirag Pandit continues to admire the treatment that he had received from the doctors of the government hospital.
For Pandit, who works with a Spain-based co-operative, life has changed for the better in the year that has passed. He has started walking 7 km a day.
“Covid-19 has taught me to take care of myself and my body. One needs to spend at least an hour on his or her body daily to remain fit and healthy,” said Pandit, 50.
He further said that whether he is in Vadodara or in Spain, he does not miss walking 7-8 km a day.
Recollecting the dreadful days when he was under treatment at the isolation ward of SSG Hospital after he tested positive of Covid-19, Pandit said that he saw death up close.
“I was very nervous. In fact, my nervousness increased when another patient with travel history of Sri Lanka, died during treatment. He was undergoing treatment on the bed adjacent to me. But by God’s grace I survived,” he said.
“I got the confidence to fight the battle against Covid-19 because of the team of doctors who remained on their toes. I was the first patient in Vadodara so treating me was a challenge for them as well. But without panicking they stood strong and treated me,” said Pandit.
He also added that Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani too lifted his spirits by assuring that the state government would provide the best available treatment.
“Since then, much has changed. There are even 100-year-olds who have fully recovered. The fear of coronavirus has reduced because of vaccines and medicines,” said Pandit, who is yet to take his first dose of Covid vaccine.
The businessman said he remained weak for nearly six months post discharge from the hospital.
“I will undergo vaccination based on my family doctor’s advice,” said Pandit, who has so far undertaken nearly 25 Covid tests.
“It is frustrating as every time I have to fly, I need a RT-PCR Covid negative report but that’s the new normal,” he said.