Gujarat: Junior doctors go beyond call of Covid duty

Gujarat: Junior doctors go beyond call of Covid duty

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VADODARA: When state-run SSG Hospital was facing a shortage of heparin vials, a blood thinner that can prevent blood clots, a group formed by young junior doctors got in touch with local donors, who arranged for 2,500 vials. It was again the young doctors in Khandol public health centre (PHC) at Anand’s Anklav taluka that rose to the ocassion when the hospital did not have pulse oximeters and managed to arrange for 10 units.
Bi-PAP masks too were arranged by young medical professionals for Covid-19 wards at GMERS Medical College and Hospital, Gotri in Vadodara with the help of a foundation.
In a heartwarming gesture, junior doctors and medical students, who are already serving Covid-19 patients are now going beyond the call of duty to help the needy through a project ‘Local Heroes’. The project managed under an umbrella ‘Unite4India’, led by World Youth Heart Foundation (WYHF) and Sadanah Foundation, has partnered with the Medical Students Association of India (MSAI) to provide Covid-19 relief across the country.
Through the project real time ground requirements in Covid-19 hospitals are looked and donors are guided to arrange for suitable supplies.
“We are working on the ‘Local Heroes’ project with a hyperlocal model. For instance, if there is a need of medical supplies at SSG Hospital or Gotri hospital, we inform the donors who in turn help us get the required supplies as per the need,” said Dr Priyansh Shah, president and founder of WYHF.
Locally, Heeru Foundation, Mani Manek Foundation and Javantriben Hazarilal Charitable Trust have donated thousands of units of injections, BI-PAP masks and pulse oximeter through this project.
“We have a network of 10,000 medical students and junior doctors across India. Being part of the frontline workforce, the doctors know and can easily enquire and understand the needs of tertiary care centres, Covid care centres and rural PHCs. Through the project, medical supplies to a large number of healthcare centres across the cities have been provided impacting nearly 5,000 lives so far,” said Dr Shah.
“Our volunteer team verifies local supplies and creates a list for the same. At the local level, we help in guiding charities, NGOs and CSR funds to the on-ground requirements. The national funds are used for areas that are in crisis and then later distributed towards the other cities that require support,” said Shah, adding that the work is being carried out in 55 cities across India. Even in Delhi, to support ASHA workers at Mehrauli PHC, we supported donations of 200 N95 masks, 200 pairs of gloves and 38 bottles of 500 ml sanitisers,” he said.

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