‘We can win this battle’ - Medical doctor/artiste Shaka Pow calls for all hands on deck to fight COVID-19
As an entertainer, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on his day-to-day activities. Known to many as Shaka Pow, Dr Garth McDonald wants Jamaicans to know that these are serious times, and encourages them to keep safe.
"It has been a very busy week at the hospitals as we fine-tune our preparations to handle this virus as best as possible. Anyone who knows Dr McDonald knows medicine is serious business for me, and so there is no dropping the catch, especially not now," said the doctor who now uses the moniker Outfytt Boss.
"Although I am a recording artiste, medicine takes the priority most times, and more so now than ever."
The acting senior medical officer at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, speaking about what he has witnessed in the health sector over the past week, said that the only way Jamaica can successfully fight off the virus is if everyone plays their part.
"It's all hands on deck for this thing. We, as professionals, have been having lots of meetings to ensure we do everything to contain the virus, and we are hopeful because of the dedication at all levels from our medical staff, but for our efforts to be far-reaching, we must have the cooperation of the people," he said.
"We, as a people, are all in this together. Through proper hand hygiene, keeping safe distances and reducing contact crowding and travel, we can win this battle. We need to stay informed, listen to advisories from the public health authorities and utilise the various modes of communication set up specifically for this fight.
"I must commend all the persons at all levels - from heads of state to janitors - who are working to keep us safe. Let us not be overwhelmed but focus on the task at hand. Prayer and work conquer all," he continued.
With no timeline given on when the worldwide outbreak may be brought under control, Outfytt Boss says he will try to strike a balance between his medical obligations and that of his music career. Although recording duties have been brought to a halt, he says he keeps in touch with his creative side through continuous writing.
"I have less time to dedicate to music right now, but I write down or voice-note the medz running through my head. Whenever a bad hook comes to me, I share it with Tixi, my engineer, so when things normalise, I should be able to pick up where I left off."