我在尼日尔的新冠经历

每个人都尽其所能提供帮助。虽然观点和方法不同,但我相信,在内心深处,我们所共同关心的是所有人的健康幸福。
Niger, Western Africa

Story by Boubacar Amadou Samiratou. Edited by Vivian Jieluan Chen. Translated by Cassie Dai
Published on June 2, 2020.

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在我国发现第一例病例之前,我还只是心不在焉地关注着全球疫情发展变化的消息。我告诉自己,在尼日尔这样一个偏远的国家,我们应该不会受到影响。虽然我很同情其他人的困境,但我祈祷我的国家不会受到新冠的影响。

我热情满满地规划了接下来的几周,给自己安排了各种各样的活动,其中大部分是与我们青年女医学协会相关的活动。我们为唐氏综合征患儿安排了一次郊游活动并且一切都安排妥当。但在郊游前一周,国家新出台政策规定禁止50人以上在公共场所聚集特别是国家博物馆本来我们打算去那郊游的,但它也闭馆了。

过去,我总是习惯早早出门,晚上八点左右回家。我总是忙于各种活动,比如聚会、培训、研讨会等等。我从不会感到无聊,总有事可做。这样的生活其实很累,但我觉得这对社会有用。

我几乎很少不出门,因为如果我不做其中一项活动,我就会在医院收集截肢手术相关的信息(这些截肢手术很少见,因为在疫情前我只接触过三台这样的手术)。我在正式写论文的那一学年到来前就一直做这项工作。因为我选择了“前瞻研究”[1],我可以现在就开始,不需要等到正式写论文的那一学年(我现在是第六年,一般需要等到第八年才有足够的材料来支持他们的回顾性研究并开始写论文,但对于像我样做“前瞻性研究”的人,一般可以从第五年就开始写论文)。

第一个新冠病例出现后,尸检又诊断出了另一个病例,实习医生们都被派去看这两个病例。与新冠有过接触的人都已经被隔离,只有病人和工作人员才能进入医院。这意味着我不能再继续为我的论文收集素材了。我也不能再去参加其他活动了,只能通过WhatsApp(外国版微信)和其他人交流。

由于我无法外出,所以我通过社交媒体,主要是脸书(Facebook),来让人们知道这个病毒。我这么做是因为有些在尼日尔的人还不相信病毒的存在。尽管已确诊943例,治愈775人,死亡61人,但有些人仍然理解不了现状,特别是那些反对当局采取措施的人,如关闭清真寺但开放市场和所有企业。这引起了国内骚乱的爆发[2]。在首都尼亚美,聚集的祈祷者们被催泪瓦斯驱散。只有祭拜场所、学校和大学关闭了。

一些年轻人向订阅的人分发洗手用具,而另一些人则挨家挨户地对那些无法获得社交媒体和信息的贫困家庭进行知识普及。每个人都尽己所能地去帮助人。虽然观点和方法不同,但我相信,在内心深处,我们共同关心的是是所有人的健康幸福


[1] 在医学上,“前瞻”研究观察一组人群随着时间的推移会发生一定变化(比如患者的截肢);与之相对的是“回顾性”研究,即研究过去发生的事情。

[2] 《海峡时报》(2020年4月20日),“因新冠肺炎宵禁,尼日尔首都爆发骚乱”


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Hello! I am Samiratou, a 6th year medical student at the University of Niamey and holder of an advanced degree in Business Communication. I am President of an association called GEMS (Girls Engaged in Medicine and other Sciences), involved in several youth associations whose objectives go from the empowerment of young girls, the promotion of youth rights, of family planning and all that in line with sustainable development.

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