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Hindu Rao Doctor Terminated, IAS Officer Brags on Twitter

Orthopaedics junior resident terminated, will not be able to complete DNB course
A junior resident doctor from North Delhi Municipal Corporation''s (North DMC) Hindu Rao Hospital was terminated by the hospital authorities allegedly after he posted a video on his social media page complaining about the mismanagement in the hospital. "The Doctor in the Orthopedics department is terminated from his services with immediate effect for bringing disrepute to the institution," a letter from the hospital said.
The doctor, however, has refuted the allegations made by the hospital administration and claimed that the termination came after he distributed face shields procured through an NGO, among the residents doctors.
"I had distributed face shields among the doctors which I got from an NGO, but the Medical Superintendent of the hospital told me to return them. I even tried getting them back but the other doctors denied returning them, and now this has caused me the job,&…

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Every Healthcare Worker's Right

There is no emergency in a pandemic

This article is for the healthcare workers, doctors, surgeons, nurses, aides, EMS and all staff. This article should be read along with many news reports of doctors dying from COVID-19 throughout the world. Do not repeat the same mistakes that they made. If you do not have proper PPE, do not go in. No matter what. There is no emergency in a pandemic.
You as a healthcare worker are a force multiplier. Your training and experience are invaluable moving into this crisis. So, you're going to be faced with some very difficult moments. You're going to have to put your needs first. I'm speaking specifically about PPE and your safety.
If you're an ICU doctor or an ICU nurse, and you become infected, not only are you out of the game for potentially weeks (or killed), but your replacements could be people without your expertise. Your remaining co-workers are short-staffed now, more likely to make mistakes and become ill themselves. You stop be…

Coronavirus pandemic: Grim prognosis, tough drill

Social distancing of entire populations may be inevitable for countries wishing to suppress the novel coronavirus, scientists have said in a study that has also predicted tens of thousands of deaths even with the strongest measures.
The study by Imperial College, London, has suggested that effective suppression of the epidemic would require a combination of four interventions — social distancing of entire populations, home isolation of positive cases and home quarantine of their family members and closure of educational institutions.
The coronavirus, reported by China to the World Health Organisation on December 31, 2019, has since then spread to 164 countries, infected 212,000 and killed over 8,700 people.
Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson and his colleagues who used mathematical models to predict coronavirus epidemic scenarios have shown that suppression — an effort to prevent an infected person from transmitting the virus to even one other person — is the “only viable strategy” at the …

Nod for 4,800 more medical PG seats

The Medical Council of India’s board of governors has approved increasing postgraduate medical seats for MD and MS programmes by over 4,800 to 36,192 for the next academic session, an official said on Monday.
BoG chairman and Niti Aayog member V.K. Paul said the increase is more than the total number of additional seats created in the past five years.
“The Narendra Modi government in 2014 had promised to double PG and UG medical seats by 2024. So, in that direction the board of governors-vested with power of the Medical Council of India has given its approval to increase postgraduate medical seats (broad speciality) in 2020-21 session by 4,807.
“So, as a result, in the new academic session counselling, 36,192 PG medical seats (MD/MS, broad speciality) will be available,” Paul said.
Paul also said the capacity expansion would improve tertiary care in the country.
“In 2020-21 academic session, approximately 44,000 postgraduate medical seats (36,192 MD/MS seats and 8,000 DNB/FNB seats) …

Testing enough? With a billion plus populace, failing to ramp up testing will make Covid-19 unmanageable soon

Indian Council of Medical Research’s warning that India has 30 days to halt the onset of Stage-III or community transmission of the novel coronavirus must kick off wider testing. ICMR has said that disease transmission is now limited to those with travel history to affected countries and those in contact with them. This is not as reassuring as it sounds. For every traveller reaching India and subsequently seeking medical help, there are too many loose ends in their whereabouts for public health authorities to tie up. Moreover, screening efforts at airports miss out many asymptomatic travellers. This is where wider testing and greater access to testing facilities can nip community transmission in the bud. The 60-odd labs notified by ICMR for testing swabs – and a similar number of sample collection centres – can conduct nearly 5,000 tests daily. But these get just 60-70 samples per day according to ICMR officials. Large, populous states like UP, Bihar and Rajasthan having just 2-3 sam…

NEET-PG 2020 Counselling Notification

Online counselling likely to start from 12th March 2020.

Money and Health - heading for the abyss

By Dr Jimmy Mathew It was 2006. I had become a Plastic Surgeon. After four and a half years of MBBS, I did One year of that rotating slave work called internship. Then three years of surgical residency at JIPMER. I had done eighty to hundred hours of work per week in those years, and I didnt know what a weekend really was. Of course, I knew drunken nights, and smoked for two years during that period, and my eating habits were the worst in the world. Have no doubts- my arteries were hardened, head baldened and a little of the nicer part of my predisposition erased permanently. Three more years of mostly assisting, retracting, dressing wounds, taking calls and pointlessly sleepless nights made me A Plastic Surgeon. Now I had a wife and a daughter. No weekends. It was immediately after that I joined a well known private hospital as the third person in the Plastic Surgery team. I was offered thirty thousand rupees a month. I accepted. The centre was very busy and well known for micro surg…

An unrelenting battle for gender equality

Sameera Jahagirdar says MBBS textbooks continue to ‘criminalise’ a transgender

Sameera M. Jahagirdar is now going to take her fight for the rights of LGBT+ to the Medical Council of India, which has not yet recognised the need to restructure the MBBS curriculum in which the textbooks continue to criminalise a transgender or a homosexual or anyone who does not fall within the two-gender sexual orientations of society.
Her journey as a woman trapped in a man’s body and taking up the medical profession to unravel the biological enigma of the human body was one of continuous trauma. The fight within herself to realise her sexual orientation leading later to gender identity and with society’s unrelenting stand on homosexuality and transgender was too much to handle as she had no one to talk to about what she was going through.
“I used to internalise everything that it damaged my psyche,” said Dr. Jahagirdar, Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical …

PG medical fees in private colleges may rise by 15%

Last year too, the fee was hiked by 15% in private colleges and minority institutions

Students enrolling in postgraduate courses in private medical colleges may have to cough up a higher fee from the coming academic year as the government is likely to increase the fees by about 15%.
The hike is expected to be applicable to the government quota as well as the institutional quota seats in private medical colleges.
Medical Education Minister K.Sudhakar said that senior officials of the Medical Education Department had formed a committee and had conducted several meetings with different medical college associations and recommended a hike. “The State government will, however, take a call on the matter. I am likely to receive this file next week and take a call after studying the recommendations of the committee’s report,” he said. He added that he would meet with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and seek his advice on the matter.
‘Steep hikes’
But students say that the hike in postgraduate m…