Corona Management in GMC Jammu: Fear & confusion

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/3/2020 12:24:18 AM

JAMMU, Apr 2: The coronavirus disease has engulfed whole world including JK UT and as per official bulletin there are 15001 cases under observation with 55 tested positive for the disease claiming 02 deaths as on 31st march.
Government machinery supported by healthcare professionals in lead role are trying their level best to curtail this deadly epidemic to minimum possible level. But unfortunately the healthcare providers including doctors of all ranks in GMC & Associated hospitals in Jammu are under tremendous mental pressure, after one serving doctor of GMC Jammu tested positive for the and another female doctor faced quarantine for 14 days while coming in close contact with the positive patient while doing screening for the COVID patients.
“Non-availability of proper masks, surgical gloves and quality PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) kits are adding to the frustration amongst GMC doctors especially the residents. This can be gauzed from the information available on face book and social media sites where doctors are demanding these things for their protection for treating the corona patients. Some philanthropists and social organizations at individual levels have to the rescue of doctors for providing N95 masks and PPE kits to the doctors in GMC & peripheral hospitals, yet if the pandemic takes its peak as it did in European world, the demand for PPE kits shall be tremendous”.
Doctors told that It has been learnt that doctors community was pleased to learn that LG GC Murmu had taken meeting of all concerned on March 30, 2020 and directed them to distribute masks, and PPEs, especially to the front-line workers who are associated with Corona prevention efforts. But they are not much sure about timely provision of these items to doctors by the immediate officials in the department.
They are looking towards LG and FC with a ray of hope. It is worth mentioning that if a healthcare professional dies of the disease while performing due to odd situation it is not only a wave of distress and de-motivation amongst the healthcare professional but can also generate negativity amongst general masses and loss of trust in government.
Another cause of concern is the area chosen by the GMC administration for screening of the COVID patients which situated in a garage like space in the parking lot of GMC, this speaks volumes of the seriousness and dedication of GMC administration in dealing with the epidemic vis a vis saving their own doctors from contracting the disease, they told.
While taking to The Kashmir Times few resident doctors few faculty members regarding chances of doctors getting corona virus infection in such situations, it was revealed that one positive doctor in the GMC means a lot. They said that even if all the 32 samples of contacts of that doctor are initially negative, there is no guaranty of other faculty/residents not getting it in next few days.
It was revealed that one of the near contacts of that doctor was HOD microbiology who had attended regular meetings with Principal GMC Jammu, all HODs of GMC and even with Financial Commissioner and other officials in the secretariat. And if any one of them come to be positive in next few days, it shall be a long chain and whole of the GMC shall collapse. Even the health secretary can get it. They feared that this positive doctor may not turn out to be Kanika Kapoor type episode.
If sources are to be believed, this administrative mess in GMC Jammu has been the creation of civil secretariat machinery. The incumbent principal in spite of being a weak administrator was allowed to carry on over and above her seniors. She in turn bypassed seniors and preferred to make a coterie of junior people who by virtue of no experience misguided her and ruined the system of patient care, education and administration in GMC Jammu.
They told that the present situation of fear of uncertainty and confusion amongst doctors in GMC Jammu regarding how to save them vis a vis extending their best services to the corona patients is also the outcome of the mismanagement at the level of GMC administration. The callous attitude of H&ME department has also played a great role.
FC is very well area of the fact that there is a sharp difference between HOD microbiology, PMC and few others but is not taking any remedial measures. Under such conditions, if the COVID 19 incidences exponentially increase and patients start coming in GMC, the system may collapse leading to lot of deaths. So the LG, CS and FC H&ME must act fast to set the things right before it is too late.



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