Princess Sofia of Sweden is continuing to do her part as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.
The princess will continue to volunteer at the hospital, after first joining frontline efforts back in April. Margareta Thorgren, the Head of Information for The Royal Court of Sweden, told Expressen, “Princess Sofia continues her work at Sophiahemmet and will start her part-time job again in September. She is very much looking forward to it.”
In a speech earlier this summer, Princess Sofia spoke of her experience as a medical assistant. “The last few months have been tough for very many, not least in healthcare,” she said. “All efforts have been needed, and I know that several of you have gone in and supported in different parts of healthcare. I, myself, got an opportunity to come in and work at Sophiahemmet and still do. In fact, with some of you.”
“But to see healthcare from the inside in this way, to meet patients myself, and to see safe, well-trained nurses ‘in action,’ it is rare that I have been so impressed,” she added.
As part of her volunteering, Princess Sofia has been supporting doctors and nurses by doing tasks such as disinfecting equipment, doing shifts in the kitchen, and cleaning. She began working at Sophiahemmet Hospital in Stockholm after completing a intensive training program online.
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Last week, CNN reported that Sweden recorded its highest death tally in 150 years in the first half of 2020, with coronavirus death counts at 5,802 people. Unlike many other countries, Sweden did not go into immediate lockdown amid the pandemic, and instead emphasized personal responsibility, with most bars, schools, restaurants and salons remaining open.
“In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of health care professionals,” the Royal Court said in a statement back in April.