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Letter to BS: Shortage of doctors may hit Coronavrirus prevention

We have a poor doctor-to-patient ratio of 1:1,457 ratio which should be 1:1,000 according to WHO recommendations

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Medics wearing protective suits wait for passengers to be screened at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in view of novel coronavirus outbreak, in Guwahati | PTI
Medics wearing protective suits wait for passengers to be screened at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in view of novel coronavirus outbreak, in Guwahati | PTI

This refers to the editorial “Way forward on coronavirus” (March 5). Indeed, this crisis, like any other, will test not only our preparedness, but how much progress we have made in research and development in the pharmaceutical sector. Presently, shortage of doctors and trained staff is a serious issue. Tackling it in the metro cities cannot be that challenging, but in smaller cities and villages, it will be really difficult to handle. It is the times like this when the poor doctor-to-patient ratio troubles us, as against 1:1,000 WHO recommendation, we have 1:1,457 ratio. The general public need to be clearly and regularly communicated about the quarantine facilities; the hospital staff also needs to be trained about the dos and don’ts. Last, but never the least, clear and transparent communication between au­tho­ri­ti­es and people will go a long way in ensuring that there is no unnecessary panic among people.

Bal Govind, Noida


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First Published: Thu, March 05 2020. 21:26 IST
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