CM Thackeray Announces ‘Majha Doctor’ Initiative Empowering Family Doctors to Combat COVID-19

CM Thackeray Announces ‘Majha Doctor’ Initiative Empowering Family Doctors to Combat COVID-19

With the Maharashtra Government bracing for a possible third wave of the coronavirus, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on May 9 announced the ‘Majha Doctor (My Doctor)’ campaign to involve family doctors in battling the virus. 

Members of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force spoke to around 700 private doctors from across Mumbai to clarify any doubts or queries they had on the COVID-19 treatment protocol laid down by the authorities. Officials conducted a similar session with 300 private doctors from the city last week.  

“Family doctors play an important role. If they guide the patients at the initial stage, it will be helpful to curb the virus spread,” the CM said during the virtual meeting. 

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“If the doctors keep a check on the treatment of patients in home isolation and update ward officers regularly, the civic body can make treatment management of patients in a proper way,” he added.

He also stressed the role played by family doctors in offering mental support during the initial stages of infection. “Family doctors can identify symptoms and check whether the patient is asymptomatic or needs hospitalisation. Family doctors should focus on patients in home isolation take a call so that they can be shifted to hospitals on time if required,” Thackeray said.

The CM also acknowledged the scarcity of doctors in Mumbai and appealed to private doctors to register their names at jumbo field hospitals and COVID Care Centres nearest to them so as to help the patients in need.

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Among the officials present at the virtual interaction with private doctors were Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Dr Pradeep Vyas, Head of the COVID Task Force, Dr Sanjay Oak along with task force members Dr Shashank Joshi and Dr Rahul Pandit. The Director-General of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Dr T.P. Lahane was also present at the meeting. 

Private doctors present at the virtual meeting were also asked to monitor symptoms like fever, cold, diarrhoea, loss of appetite among children and infants.

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