In the days following the Ebola pandemics devastating outbreaks in West Africa, Ken Jeung had been one of the first doctors to receive the deadly virus.
He was one of a small group of doctors who took a walk around the stricken areas of the world to spread the word about the pandemic.
“My colleagues and I had a sense of relief and we were in a state of shock.
We knew the situation was very dire.
We were also relieved that we had all been infected and we did not have to travel to Africa,” Jeong told The Times Of India in an exclusive interview.
“We knew that our presence in these areas would have a positive impact.
Our only hope was that our patients would not die.
We wanted to spread a message to those who are infected and to spread hope that we would recover.”
But the news of Jeung’s inclusion in the viral meme did not go down well with many who found it too positive and too negative.
The meme was circulated widely on social media.
“We all felt sad when we heard about Ken Jeongs inclusion in this viral meme, because we were shocked that he was part of the outbreak and not a medical doctor.
The meme made us feel like the disease has not yet been brought under control,” said Dr Rupa Prasad, a medical consultant from Mumbai.”
I thought he had taken too much risks by trying to fight Ebola on his own.
We should not have trusted him with our lives,” said a patient from Pune, who did not want to be named.”
When the virus came out of the labs, I thought Ken Jeons inclusion in meme was the worst possible decision by anyone.
The people who have fought Ebola on their own deserve our support.
Ken was our doctor.
I hope he gets a chance to get back to work and be back to his full strength.
The memes are not a good representation of what we have to go through now,” said an emergency physician from a remote village in West Bengal, who asked not to be identified.
Doctors have been working around the clock to contain the spread of the virus in Africa, and have deployed a number of resources to tackle the crisis.
The Ebola epidemic has affected hundreds of doctors across Africa, with more than 7,000 cases reported in the last six months.
The country has the highest number of deaths from the disease in the world, with 3,300 fatalities reported so far.
“We have to work as hard as we can to stop the spread.
We have to make sure we have enough personnel in the field to deal with the epidemic,” said the first-year doctor from Bihar, who works in a hospital near the capital New Delhi.
“I hope we can bring some peace to our families, especially the wives of the patients.
I will miss the people I have worked with for a long time.
I am really sorry,” he said.
Jeong, however, is not the only medical professional to have been part of a viral meme.
“It was very disappointing to see Ken’s inclusion.
It’s really disappointing that we have a person who is a member of the community that we love being included in this meme,” said Naga Kumar, a first-time doctor in the US.
While the spread has been limited, the viral pandemic is now spreading rapidly across Africa.
The United Nations and World Health Organisation (WHO) are working on a plan to contain and control the virus.
As the pandemins spread in Africa it has raised questions over whether it will affect the way health care is delivered in the country.
“The pandemic has been a challenge to many healthcare providers, especially in the private sector.
We are trying to change this by encouraging health professionals to do their best,” said Ajay Jha, the president of the World Health Organization.
He has invited doctors from the private and public sectors to participate in an online panel on the health impacts of the pandems, and has also invited medical colleges to organise a training session for doctors. AAP