As many as 10 senior doctors and 70 nurses working at various hospitals in the state have resigned due to the lack of protective gear to fight with the deadly coronavirus. The senior doctors were rendering the services at Osmania Medical College (OMC) and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) hospital in Warangal.
The doctors said that they have resigned due to the poor protection gear. While some quit the services temporarily until the pandemic gets over. So far, 300 doctors and other medical personnel have contracted the virus. Lack of protection gear and long working hours were even forcing the doctors to go on strike.
A senior doctor who resigned from Osmania Medical College said that there is a threat of infection while working and no proper personal protection equipment (PPE) kits are being given. “There is no proper staff, no infrastructure and no PPE kits at the hospitals,” he said.
While some doctors never reported to the duty, some resigned after working for two or three months.
According to Dr. Mahesh Kumar, president of the Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA) said that six senior doctors from the medicine department at Osmania General Hospital and remaining from MGM hospital have resigned.