Pune: Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham has asked associations of doctors to form ‘area-wise teams’ to treat mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in the city. He also assured that police would find a solution to problems like government permissions, violent attacks by relatives in case patient death or availability of masks, PPE kits etc., faced by doctors.
Commissioner Venkatesham along with Joint Commissioner Dr Rajendra Shisve, Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Morale held a meeting with 17 representatives of various doctor associations in the city. The number of critical patients is rising in the city along with the total number of cases. Several patients with mild symptoms are admitted to hospitals due to which the bed availability – especially beds with ventilator and oxygen support – has reduced. To overcome this problem, mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients should get treated at home or at clinics, small hospitals of doctors in their locality.
Commissioner Venkatesham said, “The rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city has burdened the public and private healthcare systems. To reduce this burden, area wise teams of doctors who can treat asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients’ needs to be formed. Area wise COVID Care Centres need to be set up and detailed planning should be done for this.”
Doctors voiced their concern that they face a lot of issues on local levels. “Starting from the various government permissions, insufficient paramedical and biological staff strength, physical abuses and manhandling by relatives of patients in case of death and unavailability of resources and safety gears like PPE kits needed while treating patients are some of the problems faced by us at local levels,” doctors said in the meeting.
Commissioner Dr Venkatesham and Joint Commissioner Dr Shisve assured the doctors that they will find a solution to these problems. “Doctors should start planning and forming area-wise teams for treating COVID-19 patients,” they appealed.