Delhi: AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene and withdraw punishment against the doctors who took to social media demanding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The RDA doctors alleged that doctors are being targeted for seeking PPE. In their letter, RDA urged the Prime Minister not to target doctors asking for Personal Protective Equipment.
The doctors requested the government to create a healthy space for debate and discussion to aid health workers rather than ridicule them.
“Our frontline healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other support staff have come forward with their problems and issues related to the availability of Personal Protective Equipments(PPE), COVID testing equipment and quarantine facilities on social media. The officials should view these inputs constructively. Instead of appreciating their efforts towards the welfare of their peers and patients, they have received a harsh backlash”, RDA said in a letter to Prime Minister.
The RDA noted that in the face of the Corona pandemic, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that these ‘Soldiers’ are heard, their opinion respected, rather than humiliated.
“Being an active user of social media for constructive purposes yourself, you can understand the situation of doctors put in this state”, the Association said.