Corona Warriors Threatened

Mail Today|April 08, 2020

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Corona Warriors Threatened
Health workers say their criticism of lack of protective gear, or its inferior quality, is getting them into trouble
Tanushree Pandey

India's medical workforce is leading from the front in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic — and is itself in the pathogen's crosshairs.

More than 50 cases of medical staff testing positive for the virus, known as Sars-CoV-2, have come to light as of April 3, according to data provided by the health ministry. And the numbers continue to rise.

Municipal authorities in Mumbai declared Wockhardt Hospital a containment zone on Monday, after as many as 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive in the span of one week.

For a month now, there have been several complaints from the medical fraternity of a shortage of PPEs (personal protective equipment). Now, doctors say their criticism of the lack of protective gear - or its poor quality - is getting them into trouble.

‘NO NEED TO CLAP, BUT DON’T SHUT OUR VOICES’

The Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) of Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to complain about the harsh backlash.

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April 08, 2020