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Shocking : GMC doctors admit that there is Oxygen shortage in the hospital, dashes letter to the Dean

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Panaji : Goa Association of Resident Doctors have written to Goa Medical College Dean complaining about the sorry state of affairs in the Hospital.

 

“The oxygen supply in various covid wards is not even close to sufficient. The central oxygen flow delivers very low flow oxygen at times and that is inadequate to keep NIVs and ventilators working effectively. Also, the oxygen  cylinders being used for patients get over in the middle of the night and it takes at least 2-3 hours for replacement cylinders to come and sometimes more than that and for this time period, the patients are kept without oxygen” Said GRAD members in the letter

 

 

“There are critical patients who have to be managed on trolleys and floors and kept on ventilators in the critical covid wards. Wards with a capacity of 30 beds have more than 50 patients on average.  On a daily basis, we read in the news all the higher authorities giving statements that there is no issue of oxygen and beds. The patients then ask the resident doctors on duty in casualty and in wards that if there is no lack of beds, why our patient is kept on trolleys/wheelchairs/floor and why is our patient not getting oxygen.”

 

 

” In the middle of the night when oxygen gets over, and patients worsen and sometimes die, it’s the junior doctor on duty who has to face angry relatives. And their anger about lack of facilities gets taken out on the duty residents.  We are also sorry to say the demand for enhanced security by GARD hasn’t been adequately met by the authorities. We need cctv cameras inside all covid wards and make sure that the ones already installed are working. We need posters and signs to be put all over the hospitals emphasizing that violence against HCWs will be dealt with firmly by the law.”

 

 

GARD also suggested that There is a need of placing armed guards/police personnel outside covid wards and casualty.  Even in these times of pandemic, VIP culture is still very much prevalent. Residents in covid casualty who are managing more than 30 new patients at a time are told to see these “VIP” patients on a preferential basis and get them admitted fast, even if many times, they don’t require admission. The other critical patients who have been waiting for 2-3 hours to be seen then fights with us.

 

“The plan of opening up of new covid facilities is announced every day; however there are no announcements on recruitment of new staff or doctors. Are we supposed to manage these additional facilities too in addition to SGDH,ESI & GMC? Currently one resident doctor is managing up to 30 patients on average and some are doing shifts of up to 24 hours. Is the further plan of the administration to make them work more?” Questioned GARD

 

“Please address our issues and we don’t just want verbal assurances, we need immediate action or else, something disastrous may happen. We also urge the higher authorities to acknowledge the shortcomings of the health infrastructure in the state so that the patients know what to expect when they come to the hospital.” concluded GARD

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