Moms isolated at power stations by Covid-19 miss their kids

13:00 | 10/07/2021 Society

(VEN) - To ensure safe, stable power grid operations in the context of complicated Covid-19 developments, transmission units have isolated their staff at transformer stations according to the directions of the Vietnam Electricity (EVN) and the National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT).

Home (almost) alone

“When will you come home?” This is how the phone call between Do Thi Dau and her daughter Bui Phuong Thao always begins. Dau, a worker at the 500kV Nho Quan transformer station of Ninh Binh Power Transmission, told us that she had not been home for 36 days, while her husband, working in the army, hasn’t come home for more than two months.

Dau has two children, one is less than three years old and the other 10 months old and suffers a heart valve problem. Dau’s parents, who live almost 50km from her workplace, are looking after the two babies. Missing her children, Dau called home daily to ease her longing.

“When I was isolated more than a month ago, my younger baby could only crawl, she is now learning to walk. I am very happy about that but feel sad because I can’t be with my child to look after her and see her first steps,” Dau said.
Nguyen Thu Phuong is one of 19 transformer station workers also being isolated at work due to Covid-19. She is luckier than Do Thi Dau, as her husband is not subject to isolation and can come home after work to take care of their children. “My parents-in-law are looking after my 22-month-old child. Although I miss my child very much and I am four months pregnant, I always endeavor to accomplish tasks and wish that the pandemic will be controlled quickly so I can come home,” she said.

The 5K regimen

People are working very hard in transformer stations and power transmission units to promptly detect risks and ensure the safety of the national power grid system. They play an important role in maintaining the economy and daily life.

Director of Ninh Binh Power Transmission Vu Van Loc said his unit’s top priority is to ensure safe and continuous operation of the regional power transmission grid system, contribute to controlling of the pandemic, protect employee health, and maintain production and trading activities. Loc said power grid management and operation staff at the 500kV Nho Quan transformer station and seven other 220kV transformer stations were isolated. “The pandemic is still developing and we are making a plan to divide in two our staffing, with half working seven days at the stations and the other half staying home so that when an incident occurs, we have a backup force to respond promptly.”

Along with rearrangement of the workforce, Ninh Binh Power Transmission has been implementing the Ministry of Health’s 5K message to prevent Covid-19 - khau trang (face masks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distancing), khong tu tap (no gatherings), and khai bao y te (health declarations). This includes cleaning and disinfecting the workplace, providing employees with masks, antiseptics and vitamin C, and practicing distancing to ensure safety and control the pandemic.

Vu Van Loc, Director of Ninh Binh Power Transmission:

In order to encourage employees, we have coordinated with the trade union to visit families and support those who

are struggling in order to ease the minds of the isolated workers and enable them to do a good job.

Thu Huong