Guinness ruthlessy exploit student nurse Linda Djougang and COVID-19


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Djougang representing her country once more in fight against COVID-19

Ireland prop Linda Djougang has represented her country on the rugby pitch and feels she is now doing the same off it, as a student nurse in the ongoing battle against Coronavirus.

Djougang is on a nine-month internship at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin as part of her final-year placement and has recently been moved to one of the building’s COVID-19 positive wards to aid the fight against the escalating global health crisis.

It was a placement she began back in January, just before the start of the 2020 Women’s Six Nations, where she regularly worked 13-hour shifts either side of training sessions.

That didn’t stop the 23-year-old excelling in the green jersey however, as she put in dynamic performances in the home victories over Scotland and Wales – notching one of Ireland’s four tries in the latter contest when she powered through three tacklers to score.

And although she has now gone from the front row to the front-line, Djougang claims the two situations are not as different as you might think.

“It’s the exact same thing as I do on the rugby pitch,” she told the official Irish Rugby website in a fascinating interview. “I’m representing my country.

“I always feel so privileged to be in this position to help and I love doing what I do. I have a duty to answer my country’s call and that’s what I have been doing for the last couple of months.

“I always wanted to be a nurse and right now it’s more important than ever before. The whole country is in crisis and it’s my duty to do my best for Ireland and for my patients.

“It’s a team effort for us and I’ll go in tomorrow and take over from my colleagues who have been there all night. We’re all in this together.”

Djougang is only permitted to be in the COVID-19 positive ward for strict 15-minute windows and, either side of entering, she must wash her hands extensively, while also wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) all day.

She isn’t the only Ireland international currently on the front-line of the fight as Claire McLaughlin is on duty in the Accident and Emergency Department at Ulster Hospital in Belfast, while Claire Keohane is preparing to join the effort as a recently-qualified doctor.

As a young nurse at the start of her career, Djougang has been thrust into a daunting situation and admits she is just doing her best to adapt.

“It’s scary because you don’t really know what you’re going to encounter when you arrive for your shift,” added Djougang.

“A week ago, it was a standard medical ward like any other hospital around the world but now it’s a totally different environment.

“We are all doing our best but it’s scary because in some cases, you know there is nothing you can do for that patient.”

“Large-scale quantities of alcohol is being made available free of charge by Irish Distillers.

Irish Distillers said it has the necessary products to manufacture large-scale quantities of alcohol gel.

The producer of the Jameson and Powers whiskey labels is to provide healthcare authorities with large-scale quantities of alcohol gel to cope with unprecedented demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alcohol gel plays a vital part in the frontline efforts of those who are fighting to contain the Covid-19 virus, and in particular for healthcare professionals working in hospital and other healthcare settings.

Irish Distillers said its distillery in Midleton, together with its partners Mervue Laboratories in Cork, have the necessary products and supply chain available to manufacture large-scale quantities of alcohol gel.

The company held meetings with the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE) earlier this week to inform them it was in a position to help meet demand.

“The demand for alcohol gel is at unprecedentedly high levels and is set to remain so for the foreseeable period,” it said.

“Large-scale quantities of alcohol is being made available free of charge by Irish Distillers.

“Production will commence immediately with end product being delivered to the HSE’s supply centre thereafter for distribution to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

“Irish Distillers will continue to collaborate with the health authorities so as to ensure our efforts are channelled to greatest effect. We are committed to maintaining supply to the maximum levels possible for as long as possible.

“Like so many, Irish Distillers is doing what we can at a time of great national crisis. We hope that in doing so, it helps our healthcare professionals in their efforts to protect all of us from the spread of the virus.”