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Really worrying feedback from young doctors in Mumbai. #ThinkAboutIt they say. No leader or sr bureaucrat wants to visit COVID hospitals in PPE. Even the investigation into #SionHospital episode will happen on Zoom or video conference! @d_s_thakur @sardesairajdeep @sanjaynagral
The doctors at #SionHospital , especially residents who do the heavy lifting are utterly demoralised at the transfer of a hard-working Dean who was desperately trying to cope in trying conditions! Insensitive Govt.
Doctors say the pressure to suppress Covid19 positive cases is enormous and the solution is NOT testing. They cite specific cases where even exposed doctors are not allowed tests under instructions from “seniors “. Morale dipping badly, cases rising rapidly. All want #BodyBags
Doctor warm that we the public can rant, the media can whip up hysteria through politically coloured coverage but if it continues the system will just crumble- it is already at breaking point! These doctors need a voice. Calling serious healthcare reporters to give them a voice!
The burden cannot be on young resident doctors alone. I learn that many seniors do not visit wards or even leave their cabins. The support staff is even more concerned. Hygiene and cleaning have become serious matters! There are simply no solutions.
One major hospital has a problem with how to deal with bed sheets of Covid19 patients! The staff doesn’t want to touch them leave alone sent them to the usual Dhobi. In another major hospital the OPD covers not change for 30
Days although it is a virus magnet!
These doctors say that we are days or weeks away from a time when the old and infirm- call them people with Co- morbidities will not get treatment because the system is overwhelmed and falling apart. Roping in the private sector is not an option anymore. Has to be done!
The rest of us who think clapping and cheering or passing around soppy messages to “salute” health workers but ranting viciously when we see the horrific reality- we won’t be able to stand on the sidelines! As @hemantmorparia says- all the work is not medical. Will be volunteers?
Finally. I am happy to connect serious journalists with these doctors who want the truth known ! Not for sensational, panic inducing headlines! Do connect. Happy to follow and DM. We need to create a network of support! @hegde_aparna
And before I forget, the harassment from corporators and politicians is also having a debilitating impact. Over time, only those with influence will be treated- one corporator demanded that oxygen be pulled off a more serious patient and given to one who didn’t need it !
Yesterday we exposed the loot in N95 masks. Zero reaction from the ruling establishment and even state BJP leaders silent. Why?….
Now multiple it with shortage of oxygen masks, ventilators, tests and you have a recipe for disaster. #PPE requests pour in but hey, our health minister says they have supplied so many hospitals have not storage space! 😳😡 @anjali_damania
Read this for what Sion doctors have to say- but nobody asked them. A well liked Dean was shunted! Even media didn’t care!…
Here’s another excellent piece in @EconomicTimes today…
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