Devendra Fadnavis asks Maha Government to pay attention to dialysis and chemotherapy patients

Devendra Fadnavis asks Maha Government to pay attention to dialysis and chemotherapy patients

Opposition leader and ex Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis has taken up the issue of citizens who need treatment for non-coronavirus related diseases. He asked the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to use pool-testing to expedite the negative reports that are required to get into most hospitals.

Fadnavis said - “Their plight is worsened as hospitals refuse to treat them unless they have a Covid-19-negative report,” adding that most results are received after 4-5 days. The Maharashtra Government, meanwhile, has reportedly ordered rapid testing kits, although State Health Minister Rajesh Tope failed to provide specifies or the quantity of the kits ordered.

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Additionally, the government had tied up with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in an attempt to train health workers to conduct rapid tests. However, the government is yet to identify people or health staff who are trained for this purpose. While COVID-19 cases continue to mount in Mumbai, healthcare workers on the frontlines are the most vulnerable. 

Previously, there were reports of doctors at a Bandra hospital protesting the poor quality of PPE or personal protective equipment provided to them. In a bid to manage the crisis accordingly, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a video conference session with CEOs of private hospitals in Mumbai with an emphasis on the treatment of critical patients and the protection of medical staff. 

Last week, a report suggested that 21 staff members of Jaslok Hospital were showing COVID-19 symptoms, shining a light on the loopholes in the handling of doctors, nurses, and other workers during the pandemic.

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