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#Bharat specific problems.
A friend runs a hospital in a town in Maharashtra.
His staff is on WhatsApp all the time, receiving "news" (essentially rumors) from district.

New patient entering OPD, hospital is questioned by staff even before making case paper.
Nothing unusual there as people in India make deep inquiries even with strangers.

Now the tragedy starts,

When patient is from a village or area from where (according to WhatsApp gossip) a CoVID19 patient was detected/ taken into isolation, staff pressurizes him to "avoid"
seeing/treating/admitting that patient.

Frustrated with this behavior of anxiety driven hyper vigilance and pressure on doctor, my friend finally called a team meeting to discuss this and reduce their anxiety.
He was totally trumped by the question posed by his staff - Sir, it is okay that you want to treat "these" patients. but when one true positive patient is detected from your hospital everyone will avoid your hospital for next 6 months out of fear. Your OPD will also dry up.
what will you eat? what will you feed us then?

As a doctor, he has no answer to this. Neither do I.

But that reminds me of something that happened 8 years ago. In MUMBAI!, read on -
A lady family doctor, who worked in the community as GP for close to 40 years, developed breast cancer and underwent treatment. During treatment her small, hidden patches of vitiligo (light colored patched of skin) flared up and she became "white" (her entire skin lost pigment).
Such loss of skin color is scary for Indians, if a young girl gets it, it is unlikely that she will be married in arranged marriage. Indians also believe that such patches spread by touch (throwback from leprosy days).
So cutting long story short, her family practice dried up. families that she had served for over 40 years, literally ostracized her. Many even told her on the face - with your white patches, we cant touch you/be treated by you.
These are people who for last 40 years, never hesitated to call her in the middle of the night for help, never thought twice before knocking on the door of her home for medical help any time of day/night/holiday.

They just DUMPED her like she is some plague.
THIS happened in educated, well to do, western suburb of Indian Financial Capital, Mumbai! what can you say about rural and semi urban "Bharat"!
Practicing in India brings strange challenges.
If you continue medical practice during outbreak, staff can bully you or abandon you without second thought.

if you pull shutters due to staff pressure, local patients and politicians are happy to complain to authorities.
And authorities (local govt officer) are happy to use this complaint to squeeze you. Threaten punitive action and report to Medical Council for cancellation of registration.
caught between devil and deep sea, Indian Doctors continue to work and face all this, all the time.

Putting it all here for all those who romanticize "humanity" and "glory of medicine" esp "people"

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