Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Leo Varadkar took to the field as medical staff in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in his country. Known, he has a background as a health worker.
Varadkar is known to offer to work one day a week as a doctor when Ireland faces a surge in COVID-19 infection this week.
“Many family and friends work in health services. He wants to help even in small ways,” said a spokesman for Varadkar as quoted by The Guardian.
Quoted from People, the 41-year-old PM will help assess patients suspected of contracting the corona virus by telephone. This method is in accordance with the advice of local doctors who ask people who suspect that they are affected by COVID-19, to check themselves indirectly first so as not to travel and infect others.
Quoted from The Irish Times, Varadkar studied medicine and had worked as a doctor for seven years before entering politics. He worked in Dublin and became a general practitioner in 2010. His medical personnel permit was revoked in 2013 when he became a politician.
Get permission again as a doctor
In March, Varadkar again obtained permission to become a medical worker when the corona virus pandemic reached the country. The man who comes from a family of health workers is scheduled to work at the Health Service Executive on a weekly basis.
Brendan O’Shea, the doctor who taught Varadkar as a medical student, said that he was competent in the fields of hospital, practice, training, and general practitioner who were easy to work with.
“He gets along very well with patients and colleagues, and is considered a good team player,” he said.
Although according to O’Shea, many people who do not believe his words as a politician, but as a doctor, he is a person who can be trusted.
Previously, the Irish government asked residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People are only allowed to leave the house for business shopping for food, health, caring for family, or a short exercise.
Public gatherings and people from different households are prohibited.
As of Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8.37, data from Johns Hopkins University revealed that there were 5,709 positive cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 210 people died and 25 were cured.