Vishnu’s Oral History

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Title

Vishnu’s Oral History

Synopsis

● Interviewee is a 30 years old man, Indian, Malaysian.
● He described his experiences as an orthopedic doctor in a government hospital and how he needed to adapt his daily routines to meet the need of Covid-19 healthcare responses. In particular, he talked about the lack of preparedness of Malaysia in terms of having sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available and how the doctors and nurses worked together to make their own PPEs.
● He also shared about the benefit of being a frontline worker which is that he is able to leave his home daily for work and maintain some form of a routine, while other Malaysians have struggled with being cooped up at home for extended periods of time.
● With regard to Malaysia’s Covid-19 response, he noted that Malaysia did a really good job managing the first wave of infections. However, because of poor public health planning in Sabah, Malaysia was hit really badly by the second wave. He was of the opinion that after the elections, Sabah should have been put on lockdown so that the cases would be controlled within Sabah itself.

Date Created

January 24, 2021

Language of interview

English

Index

Biography 1-3
- Family 5, 9, 13, 22-23

Communication
- Social Media 18, 23-24

Daily Routine 9
- Commodities 16
- Food 7, 10, 11, 23-24
--- Bread 11
--- Cereal 10
--- Instant Noodles 10
- Mask 7, 10
- Toiletries 10

Home Space 9

Job
- Hospital 1, 7, 11, 25-27
- Orthopaedic Medical Officer 1, 5-6, 13
- Scrubs 17

Malaysian Government
- Covid-response 20
- Lockdown 21
- Sabah Elections 20-21

Memory and trauma
- H1N1 12
- SARS 12

Mobility during pandemic
- Food delivery 7
- Restrictions 14, 16, 19, 23
- Tourism 15, 21-22

Response measures for Covid-19 1
- Fines 18
- Global Pandemic 2
- Movement Control Order (MCO) 5, 10, 15, 22
--- Army 16
--- Police 16
--- Roadblock 16
- PPE 1, 7, 11, 23
- Quarantine Centers 25, 27
- Vaccine 19-29
--- Herd Immunity 29
- Wuhan 2

Support
- Foreign Workers 26-27
- NGOs 23-25

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