Covid-19: In addition to doing their job, Bengal doctors also contribute to the state emergency aid fund

KOLKATA: For some doctors in Bengal, their work does not end in caring for patients. When the state is trying to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the medical fraternity is contributing in more ways than one. Whether by individual capacity or as an organization, many are contributing to the state's corpus of struggle.

The branch of the West Bengal Indian Medical Association (IMA) delivered a check of Rs 30 lakhs to the state, while the dental fraternity in the state rushed with the fund of Rs 20 lakh.

In addition to what we will also deliver, gloves and masks, etc. which is required by our doctors and other health workers, said Santanu Sen, secretary of state for.

The organization has also provided 25,000 hydrochloroquin tablets that the ICMR and the state department of health have recommended for high-risk healthcare providers who have been in contact with a positive patient.

“It was a wake-up call from our CM and we are doing a little work. The West Bengal dental fraternity has already deposited Rs 20,000 in the West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund, ”Raju Biswas of the Indian Dental Council, West Bengal chapter.

The likes of Dr. Makhanlal Saha, chief of general surgery at SSKM State Hospital, and Arunava Sengupta, chief otolaryngologist at the same hospital were among the many doctors who have contributed to the state fund individually. Organizations like the West Bengal Physicians Forum and Patient Physicians have been distributing protective items such as masks and PPE.

Before the confinement, many doctors are also reaching the poor with aid materials, either in the city or in remote areas.

“We could reach 500 poor families today with groceries, masks and soaps, delivering these items to each other's door. We are grateful to the monks at Nimpith Ramkrishna Ashram for organizing the relief work, ”said Makhanlal Saha, who had purchased the relief material with Dr. KG Saha.