Junior doctors in Telangana seek public donation to buy protective gear

South India

Even though the junior doctors need at least 800-1000 PPEs per day, the government is able to distribute only 500 per day at present .

Junior doctors in Telangana have started seeking donations from the public for buying personal protection equipment, including N-95 mask, gloves and skullcap, to shield them from coronavirus infection, as the government is unable to meet the demand.

State Junior Doctors Association (JDA) president Dr K U N Vishnu said though they need at least 800-1000 PPEs per day for those doctors who attend duties at Emergency Wards, ICUs (intensive care units) and COVID-19 stations, the government is able to distribute only 500 per day.

News agency PTI quoted Dr Vishnu as saying that a large number of junior doctors, who are working Covid-19 stations are exposed to the deadly virus. Out of 3,000 JUDAs in the states, about 1000 are working at Emergency Wards, ICUs and COVID-19 stations, he added.

Dr. Vishnu said they have been getting good responses from people who started contributing to the cause. According to him, the situation would become nightmarish if doctors start infect the virus and are confined to isolation.

Dr Vishnu said a 'Level-II' PPE acceptable to be used by the medical fraternity would cost about Rs 1000.

On April 7, a media bulletin from the state government on COVID-19 said the total number of active cases in the state has jumped to 348. The number of people who succumbed to the virus remained 11 while that of those discharged from hospitals after recovery stood (cumulatively) at 45.

Telangana, which had declared lockdown days before the Centre announced the nationwide lockdown, is expected to continue it beyond. A final decision in this regard expected to be taken after April 10, when the government is expecting a clarity on the number of Covid-19 cases, especially the members of Talighi Jamaat, who had attended the Delhi convention (with inputs from PTI).

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