Behind the Mask: Get to Know ISPS General Practitioner Mike

Updated: Sep 24

It’s not easy to find a silver lining in the middle of this pandemic outbreak. Until now, people are still having a hard time adjusting to the new normal. Many companies were greatly affected and numerous businesses came to a halt, but as the famous saying goes,”life must go on.” The private sector is slowly moving towards new ways on how to cope with the problem. Cities, provinces, and barangays are also constantly adapting to the sudden changes brought about by the coronavirus.

Frontliners have a vital role in society, particularly those in the healthcare industry. They have always been in great demand, even more so now as they are the ones charged to care for those positive and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients; they act as our shining beacon of hope that we can overcome this pandemic together.

The pledge to serve

Gregorio Miguel C. Contacto VI, commonly addressed as “Dr. Mike” was working as a general practitioner in various hospitals before the global pandemic shook the world. Everyone was caught off guard and unfortunately, those working in the medical field were one of the firsts to bravely face this battle head-on.

“Actually, no choice ako. Sinumpaan namin ‘yon eh. I just answered the call.”

(Actually, I had no choice because we made an oath. I just answered the call.)

This so-called Hippocratic oath is an ethical code that goes way back into the ancient time of Greek physician Hippocrates. Up to this day, it is still being adopted by medical schools as its principles are held sacred by doctors: treat the sick to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy, teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on.

As a primary frontliner, Dr. Mike recalls the experience “scary at first” because we are up against something that cannot be seen.

“[The] hardest part is that we are the ones who come into contact with patients. We don’t know who has COVID or not.”

However, dealing with many different people on a daily basis gave him a mindset that managed to reduce his fear of contracting the virus.

“Everyone is a patient in my eyes kaya nasanay nalang din ako,” he added.

(Everyone is a patient in my eyes that’s why I eventually got used to it.)

Being a doctor is physically and mentally draining most of the time but as for Dr. Mike, it’s something that reflects his calling in this world and he fully embodies his passion for healing the sick and caring for the vulnerable.