Medical college doctors in Faridkot raise Covid safety concerns - ECAS Punjab

Medical college doctors in Faridkot raise Covid safety concerns

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, October 4

Several medical professionals at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH) here have accused the hospital authorities of apathetic attitude. With more than 100 Covid-19 positive patients undergoing treatment at the GGSMCH, the doctors said they were at risk of catching infection and that their calls for help had gone unheeded.

Most among these are 170 junior resident doctors who are pursuing postgraduate courses here. These junior doctors are doing round-the-clock duties in Covid wards here.

Describing them as "cannon fodder" in the fight against the pandemic, the association of the junior doctors recently met the Superintendent of the medical college and urged him to ensure their safety in the hospital.

They claimed besides increased risk of catching infection due to unregulated entry of a large number of attendants, relatives and other persons into the hospital, there was a growing threat to their personal security.

In a memorandum to the Superintendent, the doctors claimed many among them were women who performed round-the-clock duties. Unregulated entry was posing a threat to their security during night hours.

The doctors alleged there was inadequate lighting on the road to the emergency and in Covid isolation wards, leading to incidents of harassment of doctors and theft of vehicles. More than 50 doctors and paramedical staff in the hospital have already got infected with Covid here.

Dr Shleikh Mittal, Medical Superintendent, said, "The security issue of doctors has been raised with the police and we are solving their other problems also."

from The Tribune

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