2014 Humanitarian Hero Bishnu Panthee
DUTY STATION: Nepal
“I became a humanitarian worker to help people who are sick and suffering from different types of problems. Often, these people are unable to get access to health services.”
WHAT DOES HUMANITARIANISM MEAN TO YOU IN ONE WORD?
WHY DID YOU BECOME A HUMANITARIAN WORKER OR VOLUNTEER?
Professionally, I am a nurse. The nursing profession helps people who are sick, disabled or physically in pain. I became a humanitarian worker to help people who are sick and suffering from different types of problems. Often, these people are unable to get access to health services. I want to prevent diseases, protect people and restore their health to an optimal level with the help of the services provided by IOM.
WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
The most rewarding part of my work is improving my patients health and seeing happiness in their faces.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE CHALLENGING ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK?
I undertake more responsibilities as an IOM Tuberculosis (TB) nurse to give counselling to TB patients and their relatives. It’s really not an easy job to convince them to treat and prevent the spread of TB because TB is a stigma for them. I feel I have to learn something new every day because every TB case seems unique to me. On top of regular working hours, I often have to work overtime due to unforeseen situations. As with every job, headaches are inevitable. However, there are many ways that nurses' patients, their patients' families and their colleagues can make life easier for these hard-working professionals.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO.
I provide counselling and health education of patients and those who come into contact with Tuberculosis. I inform camp staff about new cases of treatment, provide drugs and supplementary feeding. I track all and monitor all the tests with the laboratory. I issue end of treatment certificates to patients who have finished their treatment.