IMA sets up paid COVID care centres for doctors

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Panaji/Margao: The Goa unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) is currently housing a total of 32 asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID positive patients at two of its paid COVID care centres that have been set up recently in each district of the state.

These centres are especially for COVID positive doctors, their kin and other healthcare workers, who are at the forefront in the fight against the virus. The facilities are also open for the general public subject to the availability of rooms in the centres.

The IMA’s paid COVID care centres are monitored and managed by a host of specialised doctors led by a noted consultant in medicine from Margao Dr Rajesh Naik.

There have been many instances wherein the frontline workers including doctors, nurses and attendants have contracted the COVID-19 virus while discharging their duties. Hence, the IMA mooted the idea of paid quarantine and felt that the frontline workers should be provided with better facilities and a conducive atmosphere to recover from the disease at the earliest.

In a statement issued here, president of IMA Goa Dr Samuel Arawattigi said that Ocean Residency in Colva, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort at Utorda and Ocean Wellness Resort in Sangolda are the three resorts identified by IMA as its paid COVID care centres in consultation with the state government.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ Dr Arawattigi said that the IMA’s paid COVID care centres will admit patients who are only referred by the IMA members with the consent of the president and secretary of IMA. He informed that around Rs 1,300 is being charged as the starting price for the accommodation and related services that also include meals.

Past president of IMA-Goa Dr Shekhar Salkar said that of the total 32 patients, who are currently housed in IMA’s paid COVID care centres, around 17 are doctors and healthcare workers, who have contracted the virus while rendering their services at the Margao-based COVID hospital and other health facilities.

“If they develop symptoms of the virus or health condition deteriorates then we will immediately shift them to COVID hospital,” Dr Salkar said. He said that a ‘COVID-19 care kit’ is being provided at the centres for which the patients will have to pay around Rs 3,000. He said the kit will contain recommended medicines, gloves and also a pulse oximeter.

The IMA has assured to cooperate with the state government to help in telephonic monitoring of patients, who are currently under home isolation starting this week.