Maharashtra urges Kerala govt to send team of doctors, nurses to fight COVID-19

South India

As Maharashtra grapples with the increase in Covid-19 cases unabated, the state has sought Kerala's assistance in the managing the pandemic, requesting experienced doctors and nurses from the southern state.


Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has written to Kerala government, urging them to send a team of doctors and nurses to Maharashtra on a temporary basis in fight against COVID-19.

This formal request comes after the Kerala government offered to help Maharashtra in the battle against coronavirus by sending its medical team to Maharashtra.

"We have written a letter requesting Kerala govt to send here 50 Doctors and 100 nurses after there was a voluntary offer from Kerala to help us. We are still waiting to get a response to our letter, we will see how and where these doctors and nurses will be posted once they arrive," DMER Dr TP Lahane told to news agency ANI.

According to the Livemint report, Dr T.P. Lahane requested to Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, for 50 experienced doctors and 100 nurses for managing the 600-bed dedicated Covid-19 centre being set up at Mumbai's Mahalakshmi Race Course.

The facility includes a 125- bed ICU. Patients with moderate symptoms are being admitted at this healthcare centre.

Maharashtra will provide accommodation, meals, required medicine and personal protective equipment to these doctors and nurses.

The state has offered to pay the MBBS doctors Rs 80,000 a month andRs 2 lakh per month for MD/MS specialist doctors, which include physicians and intensivists. Trained nursing staff will be paid Rs 30,000 a month.

On May 18, Maharashtra Health minister Rajesh Tope and Kerala Health minister KK Shailja had a long discussion through video conferencing where they shared experiences to fight corona.

As India is attempting to flatten the corve of the novel coronavirus, some states are continuing to see a steady rise in cases.

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra remains to be the worst affected with 50,231 COVID-19 cases on Monday.


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