Amid Surge, Medical Body IMA Raises Concerns Over Assam's COVID Management Plan

In a letter to Himanta Biswa Sarma, IMA has requested the state to not take “whimsical choices” (File)


At a time when Assam’s coronavirus constructive numbers are on the rise and Guwahati is dealing with a serious unfold of the virus, the Assam chapter of the Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) has written to Well being Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday, urging the state well being division to not take “whimsical choices”.

The IMA has expressed immense resentment over the current adjustments within the coverage of the federal government over the administration of the COVID-19 state of affairs.

“IMA strongly protests the federal government’s order of partaking well being staff and medical doctors in 11 days’ steady service within the COVID wards and thereafter solely three days of quarantine earlier than re-engaging them in COVID duties topic to testing adverse for the illness,” says the letter.

It additionally highlights that the coverage may ‘demoralize’ the frontline well being staff who must work in inconvenient situations. IMA additional protest in opposition to the federal government’s switching over to antigen exams for checking the well being staff, as in line with ICMR this take a look at is much less delicate.

The letter additional mentions, “IMA takes sturdy exception to the truth that already numerous medical doctors and well being staff have fallen victims to the COVID and such unplanned and insensitive plans will additional endanger the well being staff and time isn’t far-off that medical doctors and well being staff should serve the individuals with COVID of their individuals.” Nevertheless, IMA urges the federal government to abide by the ICMR pointers whereas managing and supervising asymptomatic COVID sufferers.

In keeping with IMA, failing to make satisfactory planning, will probably be tough for the federal government to cope with the state of affairs, particularly on the time when COVID circumstances are mounting quickly. The letter additionally factors out the truth that merely rising the variety of beds within the hospital is not going to suffice as there’s a very restricted useful resource of medical doctors and well being staff.

“Proper now we have no scarcity of kits, however there’s enormous stress on our man energy, our persons are working day and night time since there’s a surge in circumstances, we’re treating the symptomatic and caring for the asymptomatic,” stated Assam Well being Secretary Samir Sinha to NDTV.


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