Kolkata: The government of West Bengal will employ over 17,000 doctors to monitor the treatment of coronavirus patients.
An official said on Friday that the doctors will treat the affected patients who ignored the early signs of complications and the ones who opted for medical advice only after their health conditions were severely affected.
This decision was taken during a virtual meeting between the state health department, civic administrators as well as the representatives of health departments of Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas districts and the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Presently, there are over 97,613 patients affected by coronavirus who are in home isolation, an official from the health department said. Now, they are being monitored by tele-callers who are employed by the health department.
It has been found that large number of patients affected by coronavirus under home isolation are ignoring the health protocols. They are contacting with the doctors only after their conditions worsen.
“So we have decided to employ more doctors to help patients in home isolation free of cost,” An official was quoted as saying by Latestly.
The IMA will begin the training of the local doctors from Saturday. The official said that the local civic bodies will prepare a list and assign a doctor to one patient or a family who are in home isolation. They will continue to monitor them more closely. Also, the doctors will be in constant touch with the patients to monitor their health conditions. If the condition of the patient detoriates anyhow, then the doctors will bring it to the notice of local civic body and the health department, he said.
“It has been found that people who were taken to the hospital after their conditions deteriorated could not be retrieved. So, we have to raise the awareness level of the patients in home isolation,” the official added.