Left Menu
Development News Edition

AIIMS doctors say ending quarantine requirement for healthcare workers 'non-scientific approach'

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 23-05-2020 01:38 IST | Created: 23-05-2020 00:21 IST
AIIMS doctors say ending quarantine requirement for healthcare workers 'non-scientific approach'
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS on Friday termed the government decision ending the need to quarantine healthcare workers after COVID-19 duty a "non-scientific approach", saying it will prove detrimental for the workers, the patients and the effort to contain the pandemic. In a letter to the AIIMS Director, the RDA said if availability of healthcare workers (HCWs) to run hospital services is a problem then there should be provision to test them on the day 5-7 before they return to work to ensure workplace transmission doesn't occur.

Shortening the quarantine duration and denying mandatory testing on day 5-7 post-duty will turn to a deadly combination which will derail the battle against pandemic, the RDA said. "We would like to bring to your kind notice the government's ill-founded and non-scientific approach to revise already existing protocol of two-week COVID duty followed by a two-week quarantine, will prove to be detrimental for the HCWS, patients and the country's effort to contain the pandemic," the letter signed by RDA President Adarsh Pratap Singh and General Secretary Srinivas Rajkumar T read.

As per the Union Health Ministry guidelines issued on May 15, healthcare workers serving in COVID-19 areas do not need to undergo quarantine unless there has been violation in the use of PPE or any other form of high-risk exposure or they have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus infection. Previously, all healthcare personnel doing COVID-19 duty had to work for 14 days and it was then followed by a two-week quarantine to ensure that they did not spread the infection to anyone else. "Shortening the quarantine duration and denying mandatory testing on day 5-7 post-duty will turn to a deadly combination which will derail the battle against pandemic. "This is an act of government forsaking the people of the country and their saviors the underpaid, overworked doctor with minimal safety precautions in most parts of the country during pandemic as cases approaches its peak," they said. "We as healthcare workers are accepting the increased risk of acquiring the infection but not inadvertently transmitting the infection to people who come in contact with us for treatment or otherwise." It suggested that hospitals should not make HCWs work more than 6 hrs in PPE per day and that two weeks of quarantine is essential to avoid burnout.

"We must acknowledge, not only the infection and challenges of wearing PPE, but also, the psychological impact of COVID duties on HCWs in this Mental Health Awareness month," they said in their letter.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Videos

Latest News

Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. BlackOutTuesday sweeps social media as U.S. street protests escalateThe hashtag BlackOutTuesday became the top trending item on Twitter as hundreds of thousands of businesses and ...

Minnesota files civil rights charge vs police in Floyd death

The state of Minnesota filed a human rights complaint Tuesday against the Minneapolis Police Department in the death of George Floyd who died after an officer pressed his knee into Floyds neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving. Gov....

Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. In-home antibody test shows promise recovering surgery patients at risk from coronavirusThe following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronaviru...

North Carolina governor says large-scale Republican convention 'very unlikely'

North Carolinas Democratic governor on Tuesday refused Republican demands for a full-fledged presidential convention in the state this summer, telling organizers that planning for a scaled-down event was a necessity due to the coronavirus. ...

Give Feedback