COVID treatment: Service of more staff including doctors should be available, demands KGMOA
Thiruvananthapuram: As the COVID-19 cases are increasing in the state at an alarming rate, Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) demanded that the government must ensure sufficient number of staff including doctors in all hospitals. The association of doctors in government service complained that though the government is establishing more treatment centres, no action was taken to increase the human resource.
KGMOA Thiruvananthapuram district president Dr V Sunil Kumar and secretary Arun A John informed that doctors should be deployed only for treating patients and that the employees in other services should be assigned clerical works like reporting, survey and so on.
OP and swab test of suspected COVID-19 patients, treatment and preventive measures are carried out at the hospitals under health department. Apart from this, treatment for non-COVID diseases and preventive measures are also carried out through the same hospitals. Hence, the hospitals need more staff to carry out all these tasks, explained KGMOA representatives.
Doctors under the health department are leading the team who are engaged in COVID-19 tests at airports, railway stations and check-posts. In coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram, a testing protocol including antigen test is being implemented by the doctors and staff from government hospitals.
The association also pointed out that the disease is affecting the health workers. Operation of many hospitals is in crisis after some staff tested positive and many staff including doctors are quarantined. The association demanded that the supply of N-95 masks to all health care workers should be confirmed without any failure.
They also demanded that layering system should be implemented in all hospitals and more employees should be appointed for this system. The association alerted that if the government is not appointing enough staff, the operation of COVID First-Line Treatment Centres will be in trouble.
Public health will be badly affected if we fail to ensure treatment and prevention for non-COVID diseases along with COVID-19. Hence, a special system should be launched and more employees should be deployed in each hospital. Service of doctors in other fields should be used for the same, added KGMOA.