New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday slammed the Union Health Ministry, saying it is "astonished to see the extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions" from the department in combating the agonizing crisis caused by the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.Noting that the collective consciousness, proactive cognizance, and requests made by the IMA and other professional learned colleagues are put into the "dustbin", the association said the decisions are taken "without realizing the ground realities".In the last 20 days, an IMA statement said, the association has been insisting on the need for complete, well- planned pre-announced national lockdown rather than few states declaring lockdown ranging for 10 days to 15 days - so as to getting breathing time for the health care infrastructure to recoup and replenish both the material and manpower."Lockdown will break the chain of devastating spread," said the IMA, a national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine in India.However, it said, the Central government had refused to implement the lockdown resulting in mounting of new patients beyond four lakhs every day and the number of moderate to severe cases are increasing to nearly 40 per cent.Mentioning that "sporadic night curfews have not done any good", the IMA stressed: "Life is precious than the economy.""Wake up from slumber and respond to mitigate the growing challenges in covid pandemic," the IMA said. The equitable, accessible, and affordable vaccination for all above 18 years were demanded by the IMA based on scientific facts from April 6 onward and after persistent call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his innovative qualities assured the nation, the vaccination drive was started from May 1, it said."It is unfortunate, the ministry has failed to make the necessary required roadmap and ensure vaccine stock, resulting in the majority of the places where vaccination could not be rolled out for people above 18 years," the IMA said."When the Prime minister notification is not implemented scrupulously, who is to be blamed?"Considering differential Covid vaccine pricing system as "unhumanistic", the IMA said the people of the age group between 18 and 45 years are forbidden to get the free vaccination from the central share of 50 per cent and they are placed under the mercy of the state governments."The jeopardy of private practitioners and states to negotiate with manufacturers for pricing and stock resulted in exorbitant price rise and vaccine shortage."Giving example of eradication of smallpox and polio in 1997 and 2014, the IMA said it could only happen by adopting the universal free vaccination and not by differential pricing system.When Rs 35,000 crore were allotted in the budget, the IMA said, with which the maximum required 200 crore vaccine dozes are purchasable."Why the central government is shedding its responsibility?," asked the IMA, adding "unless the government comes out and implements with willingness and steadfastness for equitable distribution, we will not be able the achieve the goal".Today for the last seven days, the IMA said, "no vaccine is available in small and medium private hospitals"."The crisis of oxygen is deepening every day and scores of people are succumbing to Oxygen mismatch supply and it is creating panic both among patients and fraternity. Though there is enough production, it is often the distribution which is not proper," said the IMA.Even after 15 days of the crisis, the IMA said: "The government is not seen at the forefront to solve these issues and resulting in people knocking at the doors of courts to get justice, resulting in judicial activism."Health care professional oganisations are neither consulted nor the honourable Health minister in this whole pandemic had time to interact with modern medicine professional organisations to solve this issue. Imported oxygen concentrators and oxygen plants are yet to reach the beneficiaries."The IMA later appealed saying, "as the time is running out with the impending crisis lest we deepen the crisis, solve it on a war footing"."Though various mutants are identified yet the real hazard is not explained in actual terms. Dedicated experts shall be designated to study this and propose mitigation measures at the earliest," the IMA suggested.The IMA also raised question over the government hiding actual Covid deaths. "Why are we trying to hide actual deaths? If the public comes to know about the actual deaths, their seriousness to adopt Covid-appropriate behaviours will rise."The IMA demanded to revamp the entire health care administration with Indian Medical Service (MS) cadets who are "well versed with the technical and administrative skill for effective execution of health care"."We also demand to establish a new integrated Ministry to serve in this pandemic with a dedicated, proactive, vibrant, innovative, and altruistic Minister and alleviate the fear of people by leading from the front."We propose for augmentation of infrastructure, materials, and manpower by enhancing health care budget to be raised from 1 per cent of GDP to minimum 8-10 per of GDP, and judiciously use the earmarked budget amount for ensuring equitable and affordable Universal vaccination."--IANSrak/skp/
Patna, May 3 (IANS) In view of the surging corona infection, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded a complete lockdown of 15 days in Bihar.Dr. Sahjanand Singh, the national president of IMA, met with the heads of five prominent hospitals in Bihar. Singh said all of them unanimously felt that the situation in the state was worsening with every hour and an immediate lockdown of at least 15 days should be announced."We have informed the CMO Bihar about the situation and demanded a complete lockdown of 15 days in the state to break the chain of transmission of corona," Singh said while issuing the statement.Singh consulted Dr. P.K. Singh, director of Patna AIIMS, Dr. N.R. Viswas, director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Dr. Vidyapati Chaudhary, dean of Patna Medical College and Hospital, Dr. Vinod Kumar Singh, Medical Superintendent of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and Dr. Uday Kumar, medical superintendent of Subhash Chandra Bose medical college and hospital Bihta on Sunday evening.The medical officers pointed out that the rate of the corona infected patients drastically increased in the month of April. As per the data, every fifth person in Bihar is corona positive.In Patna, 15,000 RT-PCR tests are being conducted every day and at least 3,000 of them are tested positive for Corona. The infection rate in the urban areas is more than the rural areas, but the situation in some of the rural districts is getting worse.The health department of Bihar took samples of 16,97,129 people and 1,06,784 tested corona positive, who are either admitted in hospitals or in home isolation. 88,877 patients who tested positive, managed to recover from the illness and were discharged, said the state health department on Sunday.At present, 17,590 active patients are either home isolated or admitted in hospitals of Patna district.The Bihar government has currently imposed evening curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the state and shops are allowed to open till 4 p.m.--IANSajk/dpb
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) The Goa chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to extend the ongoing four-day lockdown, by 15 more days in order to break the rising tide of Covid-19 cases in the state.In a statement, IMA-Goa president Dr. Vinayayk Buvaji also said that the extension in lockdown would also decrease the workload on the health infrastructure in the state, in private and government sectors."We also wish the cases to come down steeply in a shortest possible time. Learning from the pandemic wave last year, where the lockdown was for an extended period of time which was implemented after lots of deliberations and discussions with the administrative experts IMA would be in favour of similar extended lockdown for at least 15 days from May 3, till the positivity (rate) comes down from existing 50 per cent to 10 per cent," Buvaji said.Goa is undergoing a four-day lockdown (imposed from Thursday night) to the morning of May 3, in wake of an unprecedented increase in Covid-19 cases in the state.The IMA statement said that people at-large in the state had already made provisions for "minimal livability" and were willing to accept an extension in lockdown."Everyone has been making a provision for a minimal liveability. With the massively increasing Covid numbers, the mindset of the public is already primed for acceptance of a lockdown. On the contrary people are on a backfoot to be in the public places with exceptions," Buvaji said.Goa currently has 20,898 active Covid-19 cases, while 1,146 persons have died in the state following coronavirus-related complications. The state's infection positivity rate crept above 51 per cent on Thursday.--IANSmaya/rt
Panaji, April 20 (IANS) With an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases in Goa, the Indian Medical Association has started a free tele consultation programme for the patients, who are in home isolation and are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.According to a statement issued by the Goa chapter of the Association, around 150 doctors across the state have signed up for the programme."IMA-Goa state members will make time-to-time video presentations, which will educate the general public about how to take care of themselves and on the use of pulse oximeter, how to prepare hypochlorite solution and take care of waste created for proper disposal," the statement said.The Association has also started a 'paid quarantine facility' for doctors and their families, healthcare workers in both the state's districts, in case they test positive.--IANSmaya/dpb
Bengaluru, April 11 (IANS) Even as the indefinite strike by the employees of the Karnataka transport corporation over wage hike entered fifth day, 2,663 buses were operated across the state, as some drivers and conductors returned to work, an official said on Sunday."We have 2,663 buses from across the state on intra-state and inter-state routes during the day with some employees reporting for duty," said the official of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in a statement here.Though the state government banned the strike under the Industrial Dispute Act on April 9 and detained the employees' union leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar at Belagavi in the state's northwest region on Saturday, majority of the 1.37-lakh defiant workers stayed away from work."Salary for March will be given on Monday to those employees returning to work despite threat by their striking colleagues," said the official.Request for inter-corporation transfer of striking staff will not be considered and those who were already transferred will be sent back to their original depot."Duration of student and monthly passes will be extended during the strike period," said the official.In addition to state-run buses, state-run road transport corporations of Andhra Pradesh operated 342 buses, Kerala 32, Tamil Nadu 552 and Telangana 39."KSRTC operated buses to and from select cities and towns in all the neigbouring southern states," added the official.--IANSfb/sdr/
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking all citizens above 18 years of age be vaccinated and that a limited period continuous lockdown be implemented, especially for all the non-essential areas like cinemas, cultural and religious events, and sports.In the letter to Modi, IMA President Dr J.A. Jayalal stated that in spite of the extraordinary efforts of the Government and the modern medical fraternity altruistic services, the pandemic second wave surge is touching record heights. On Tuesday, India recorded 96,982 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,26,86,049. This comes a day after daily cases breached one lakh mark. The country is registering a steady increase for the 27th day in row.The IMA put forth six requests before the Prime Minister, including that all citizens above 18 years of age shall be permitted to receive Covid vaccination, and walk-in Covid vaccination should be available for all, free of cost at their nearest possible place."As there is acute spurt of this disease as a measure to immediate break the chain, limited period continuous lock down should be implemented especially for all the non-essential areas like cinema, cultural and religious events, sports," it demanded.It also called for private sector family clinics to be included actively in the vaccination drive along with private hospitals, adding that availability of vaccination with all doctors and family physicians will have positive impact.In the letter, which is also marked to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Niti Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul, the IMA requested that a district level vaccine task force team should be constituted to enforce mass vaccination, monitoring and mitigating the adverse drug events.It also sought that vaccination certificate shall be made mandatory for entering public places and receiving products under the public distribution system.--IANSaka/vd
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