After the unfortunate death of the 25-year-old Sumedh Pazare, a resident doctor at the BYL Nair Hospital, who died of dengue last year, the medical education department on Wednesday decided to make it mandatory for medical colleges to have periodical health check-ups of all its resident doctors.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior doctor from a civic run hospital said, “Resident doctors are the backbone of a hospital, all patients who come to the hospital, first refer to them. The authorities are not looking after them, they don’t get proper food in the campus and during duty, they end up eating junk food. They don’t even get enough leaves.”
Every year, more than 70-80 resident doctors from across the state suffer from some infectious disease like TB, dengue and malaria. There are 3,500 resident doctors across Maharashtra, who are working in the civic and state run hospital.
“It is shocking and shameful that a resident doctor dies of dengue. Why hasn’t the higher authorities set up a committee of doctors, who can monitor the health of doctors. The residential quarters provided by the government are depressing,” he added.
“It is very unfortunate, but we are taking precautionary measures. Before they join, there is a medical check-up for every individual. But looking at the alarming number of resident doctors suffering from serious illnesses, we will ask the medical colleges to organise a periodic medical check-up, which would be mandatory,” said, Dr Pravin Shingare, director, directorate of Medical Education and Research.
He added, “We will also ensure that colleges organise a sensitisation workshop for the doctors to cope up with the workload. Through this workshop, college authorities will inform them about good eating habits, while they are on duty.”
Dr Suhasini Nagda, director, Medical Education, Brihinmumbai Municipal Corporation said, “We are very concern about the health of the resident doctors. We have taken some initiatives to improve their condition.”