Berhampur, Aug 6 (LocalWire): The Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of MKCG Medical College here on Thursday opposed the government’s decision for engagement of the newly admitted PG residents in COVID management from the medical colleges.
The government has ordered a total of 477 PG residents of different medical colleges across the state to report to the Chief District Medical Officers of different districts, 140 of them from MKCG Medical College here.
“It has created a situation of utter chaos at MKCG Medical College and Hospital, as it is the largest tertiary care hospital and largest referral center for the people of southern Odisha districts, including Ganjam, the district worst-affected by COVID-19,” said General Secretary of the JDA MKCG Medical College Anupam Mishra.
While the government has already withdrawn the post-PG residents and engaged them in different COVID Hospitals and trauma centers across the state, withdrawal of the PG residents from the medical college will lead to crippling of the health services in MKCG Medical College, he said.
Moreover, several of the PG residents have already been engaged in the COVID and isolation wards at present, while going to other COVID Hospitals in the district to provide treatment to the patients, he said.
“Since the viral load in the district is higher than other districts and patient burden in medical college and hospital is high, we requested the government to reconsider their decision,” said Mishra.
The JDA addressed a letter to the additional chief secretary, health and family welfare department in this regard.
Instead of taking all first-year PG residents from the medical college, the JDA suggested for withdrawal of 20 to 25 percent students for deployment of various districts for a period of one month on rotation basis.
Priority should be given to deploy the students in the different hospitals of Ganjam, as the district’s COVID cases are higher than other districts.
At the same time, the association has also demanded for incentive to the tune of Rs 1500 per day in the duty along with proper accommodation and proper arrangement for travel.