IMA calls for declaration of Health Emergency in Kerala

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The IMA has warned that if the spread of the virus continues like this, hospitals may not be able to manage the situation. 

Indian Medical Association has urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to declare a Health Emergency in the state to check the spread of coronavirus in the state with the highest density of population in the country.

In a letter to Vijayan, IMA state president Dr Abraham Varghese and state secretary Dr P Gopakumar said that the coronavirus transmission in the state is escalating at an alarming rate leading to uncontrollable situation and multiplying of Covid cases day by day.

The letter pointed out that in the last 28 days Covid-19 was confirmed in more than one lakh people in the state. If the situation goes like this, the Covid cases may cross 10,000 a day in the coming days and hospitals may not be able to accept patients.

The doctors’ body called for systematic coordination between various departments to tackle the emerging situation in an efficient manner.

"There is a lack of effective coordination between various departments at present. A coordination committee should be formed including professional organisations like the IMA," the letter said.

Pointing out that only by testing and isolating   those infected with the virus a community spread can be avoided, the IMA urged the chief minister to increase the testing up to one lakh a day. It also demanded publication of real-time data of beds, ICUs, ventilators available in hospitals.

According to IMA release, till now, the total number of confirmed cases in the state is 179,022 including 57879 active cases. As many as 607 people have lost lives due to the virus so far.

The Chief Minister has called an all-party meeting to take a decision on measures to be taken to control the spread of the virus. Reacting to the issue, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that the Congress-led United Democratic Front will not stage public protests in view of the social spread of the virus (with inputs from agencies)

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