Doctors’ wellbeing: self-care during the covid-19 pandemicBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1150 (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1150
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It seems that the COVID 19 pandemic is not going to stop within a short time. With increasing cases of infections on a daily basis, it is going to create havoc on the health care delivery systems of nations, more so among the low and middle income countries though it has not spared even the developed countries. With each passing day a slew of measures have been announced by governments. In the case of India, a peculiar situation has arisen. With our prime minister announcing lock down of the whole nation since midnight of 24.3.2020, all restrictions have been put with respect to public and private transport except for the essential services related to policing, medical, fire services, chemist shops, groceries, etc.
The Government of India issued orders related to the availability of essential medical care items such as masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizers, spirit, essential medicine availability on medical prescription such as chloroquine or hydroxy chloroquine in the market. However, these items suddenly disappeared from the chemist shops or pharmacies.This has posed a great challenge even to the health care providers who need these items in totality. These items are available on the black market at an exorbitant price. Law implementation is not strict with regards to these essential patient care items and self care of the doctors, nurses, lab technicians and others involved in patient care. There has to be a mechanism for making these items available in the market, and crackdown should be done among the black marketeers or the government should procure them for the health care providers. Such an act would immensely boost the morale of health care providers, who are tense, stressed out and at risk of contracting the infection during the course of their duty.
Let there be an education campaign targeting every chemist shop and related shopkeepers that at this time of dire need we should all come together to fight against COVID 19, not merely think about profits all the time. Every citizen should contribute to the fight against the dreaded pandemic or it will last for a longer duration.
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