Amid a growing number of coronavirus outbreaks across the country, social media has suffered floods and sad posts including the cry of families and doctors as India rails under a rising second wave. Frontline healthcare workers experience another kind of burnout in fighting the virus – one whole year after it first recorded in the country. Even as India is in the third phase of its vaccination drive, it is also trying to meet vaccine shortages as reported by many provinces. Doctors, healthcare workers and frontline workers reported burnout and stress in 2020 because of the pandemic, and had no respite before this second wave hit the country.
In such tumultuous times, another depressing job of a deceased healthcare professional from Mumbai has been making rounds, once again highlighting the grim reality of the country.
Dr Manisha Jadhav, 51, the Chief Medical Officer at Sewri TB Hospital, recently went to Facebook to post a split message. The tuberculosis specialist of Covid-19 died Monday night.
Taking to social media he said, “It can be a last good morning. I may not meet you here on this platform. Take care of it all. Body dies. Souls do not. Soul is immortal (sic). ”
About 36 hours later she was pronounced dead.
Dr Manisha has become the first doctor from the civic health organization to die from the infection, according to the Times of India.
According to reports, as many as 18,000 doctors have contracted Covid in Maharashtra and 168 have died, according to the Medical Association of India.
Earlier, an appeal by Dr Trupti Gilada, an infectious disease specialist from Mumbai, has been widely shared on social media since Tuesday.
In a very appealing voice, the overworked health worker is seen in the five-minute video, “We are helpless, having never seen such a situation before, people are panicking …”
The Maharashtra government may announce more curbs as the state witnesses a frivolous surge in the daily volume of Covid-19 cases. Fearing the possible collapse of the healthcare system, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said all cabinet ministers had asked Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray to announce a nationwide lockdown.
According to officials who were aware of the developments, there was a possibility of a 15-day statewide lock-down.
“We have asked the First Minister to announce a complete shut down in the state from tomorrow at 8pm. This was every minister’s request to the Prime Minister, now it’s his decision, ”ANI quoted Tope as saying on Tuesday.
There are indications that Thackeray would announce a decision on Wednesday.
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