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Over 100 junior doctors in Ahmedabad infected with COVID-19

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Doctors are the real frontline COVID-19 warriors and have endured the brunt of the disease to the most. On Thursday, an unnamed list was making the rounds in several doctors’ groups that indicated the number of junior (resident and intern) doctors in government hospitals in Ahmedabad is above 100 and they make almost 73% of total affected doctors in all government hospital set-ups.

The list which was circulated indicated 62 junior doctors from Civil hospital, 22 doctors from GCRI, 11 doctors from LG hospital, 16 doctors from NHL/ SVP hospital, five doctors from Sola Civil hospital and one doctor each from UN Mehta Heart Institute and IKDRC tested positive till now. Totally, there are 116 junior doctors infected as compared to 38 senior doctors. The status of five doctors is still not known. The list of 197 identified that 38 private doctors have tested positive in Ahmedabad.

The situation is evident in Civil hospital, Ahmedabad where out of the total 75 doctors infected, only 10 are senior doctors. After AIIMS director Dr Randeep Gulerias visit at Civil hospital on 9th May, two points were raised by a resident doctor in a letter which had gone viral. The letter also included injustice done to resident doctors by higher authorities and stepping back of higher authorities from their duty.

The list of complaints mentioned that majority of the faculties in the COVID-19 hospital did not perform the least expected duty such as taking rounds that has eventually lead to mortality of patients. COVID-19 positive resident doctors were kept stranded for long hours in spite of suffering from high grade fever due to the indecisiveness and lack of earlier preparation of management about the treatment of resident doctors.

The Gujarat high court took cognizance of this anonymous letter written by a resident doctor at Civil Hospital regarding the dilemma of the doctors at the hospital, which also mentioned that they were not provided PPE kits, N-95 masks and proper gloves.

The letter also wrote that if the condition remains same in the Civil hospital, doctors who are working here will become super spreaders of COVID-19. Not even 10% of the 700-odd resident doctors working in the hospital are tested for coronavirus even though all are staying in a common hostel and working together.

Dr MM Prabhakar, OSD for Medicity, was unavailable for comment. Senior officials said that several meetings are been conducted with the doctors to resolve their grievances. Also, a committee of senior private doctors was formed to make sure rectifying every point that is raised.

Source: ET Healthworld

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