Finally, some relief for Covid-19 positive SSG resident doctors | Vadodara News

Vadodara: Resident doctors of state-run SSG Hospital finally are getting some relief.
TOI had recently highlighted how the resident doctors, backbone of Central Gujarat’s biggest government hospital were struggling for accommodation even as these warriors on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 were getting infected.
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has finally made an arrangement with a private hotel which since Friday has started providing accommodation to resident doctors who test positive of Covid-19.
“In Ahmedabad, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had made arrangements with two luxurious hotels for stay of residents since quite some time. Unlike, Ahmedabad, the facility in Vadodara is not so good but at least an effort has been made to address our grievances,” said a resident doctor.
“It took so many months for the hospital administration and the civic body to realize that they need to resolve problems faced by resident doctors,” said the junior doctor, adding that nearly 13 residents were shifted to the private hotel on Friday.
Earlier, after several representations, the hospital administration had made an arrangement with a private player but the facility was located on the outskirts of the city and the residents were asked to make their own travel arrangements.
Health of resident doctors has become a concern as those doctors who were sent on deputation to Ahmedabad civil hospital had tested positive.
Since, last week, even those resident doctors who are involved in non-Covid duties have started testing positive. So far, 30-odd residents and consultants have tested positive.
While there is some relief to residents who have tested positive, the workload of all residents has increased.
Since last week, these doctors are not given one-week quarantine period which was earlier provided to them after they handled Covid-19 duties for a week.
“Whether you have worked with Covid-19 ICU, ward or OPD, there is no rest period. Apart from rest that is required after handling such strenuous job, the rationale behind asking residents to undergo quarantine for seven days was to ensure that he or she as a possible carrier does not spread the infection to other non-Covid patients. There is no written directive from state government but residents are now not allowed to undergo quarantine,” said a senior doctor.
Meanwhile, the GMERS Medical College and Hospital, Gotri has also sought additional resident doctors from SSG to manage the flow of coronavirus patients which is increasing with each passing day.

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