Medical staff at a Mumbai hospital protest over ‘poor quality’ of PPE

Medical staff at a Mumbai hospital protest over ‘poor quality’ of PPE

Nurses and paramedics at the KB Bhabha Municipal General Hospital in Bandra protested earlier today over the lack of proper personal protective equipment or PPEs. The medical staff alleges that the PPEs that they received are of poor quality, thus putting their lives at risk. The protests started after a woman who was being treated for COVID-19 died in the hospital. 

The staff is also asking the authorities to place them in quarantine to avoid infecting doctors and nurses. Two private hospitals in Mumbai have been sealed so far after some doctors in the facility contracted the coronavirus. 

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Critics have repeatedly pointed out a severe lack of PPE in the country, although multiple sources, including the chairman of Wockhardt Group, said that hospitals had an adequate supply of PPEs. Previously, the city’s Wockhardt Hospital was sealed by the authorities after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive for COVID-19

While PPEs and N95 masks are reportedly in short supply around the world, Mumbai has made it compulsory to wear face masks, including home-made masks, while venturing out. We previously heard reports that said wearing masks was not essential for every citizen, but the stance has changed significantly now. 

Similar voices were echoed in the U.S. where masks were considered non-essential initially until the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently recommended wearing home-made masks using cloth and rubber bands. 

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