As we know that COVID-19 positive cases are increasing in city and many citizens are undergoing treatments in private hospitals. In view of this situation, NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B has instructed civic officials to conduct death audit of private hospital to prevent any discrepancy in figures of casualty due to COVID-19. To ensure following uniform protocol and ensure there is no discrimination, Commissioner asked for examination of first five-day treatment protocol and submit a report. Similarly, several of the private hospitals have reported zero death and hence the instructions have assumed significance. Municipal Commissioner on Wednesday chaired a meeting of Task Force at civic headquarters. During the meeting it was mentioned that Indian Medical Association (IMA) has formed a panel of 96 Doctors to provide tele-consultations to citizens who are in home isolation.
With rising cases in city, it was suggested by the Commissioner also directed that patients be classified Zone wise and their list be shared with tele-counsellors. Similarly during the discussion a matter cropped-up that many private hospitals have reported zero mortality from covid patients. In this regard, a detailed ‘Death Audit’ should be done and its report should be submitted to NMC. In addition, civic officials said the practice of referring corona-infected patients in private hospitals to Government facility at the last minute should be avoided. This is a serious matter and a detailed investigation should be carried out in this regard. At the meeting, IMA officials expressed readiness to conduct free tele-counselling. Earlier also such facility was provided by IMA. It was decided that they should continue to provide this service in view of the increasing transmission of COVID-19. Civic body should make all the necessary arrangements and IMA’s Members are ready to provide their services.