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To,

Dr. TP Lahane, director of DMER

Rajesh Tope, health minister of Maharashtra

 

Maharashtra continues to have the highest number of corona cases and deaths in India. We’re still lacking in essential medical facilities from PPE kits, masks to even the number of beds in hospitals. In such essential resource scarcity Resident medical officers (RMO) are filling the gaps in human resources. In Mumbai, the worst-hit city, Resident medical officers (RMO) account for almost 80% of the staff strength in COVID treatment facilities. [1]

 

Yet many of the Resident doctors haven’t been paid in 3 - 6 months. Only in Mumbai, 25 RMOs have contracted the infection on duty at different civic-run hospitals, while hundreds have been quarantined so far.



“We are directly involved in the treatment of COVID patients. Senior doctors hardly stay in isolation rooms. They just come and check the reports. We work around-the-clock for the patients,” said a doctor from King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital.

 

“At a time of the pandemic, these students should be the first priority of the government. All other politicians are getting their salaries in time then why should these doctors, who are at the greatest risk of getting exposed to the virus, suffer?” said Dr. Abhijit More, co-convenor, Jan Aarogya Abhiyan while speaking to Hindustan Times.

 

Join the campaign asking that these corona warriors be paid immediately for their service in these difficult times.

 

Sources:
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https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/9k-med-students-resident-docs-have-not-got-stipend/story-GN92toY43RJOqMrmF3NmhL.html

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