Wake up from slumber, mitigate Covid-19 challenges: IMA slams Health Ministry
New Delhi: Pointing out serious lapses on part of the government in implementing suggestions given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the doctors' body has slammed the Health Ministry asking it to wake up from its slumber and respond to mitigate the growing challenges in the pandemic.
IMA expressed its shock to see the alleged extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions from the Ministry of Health in combating the agonizing crisis born out of the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to augment the infrastructure materials and manpower in health care, the Indian Medical Association has urged the central government to enhance the health care budget from 1 per cent of the GDP to a minimum of 8 to 10 per cent of GDP. The association also cautioned the central government to use the budget amount judiciously to ensure equitable and affordable Universal vaccination.
However, the association alleged that requests made by IMA and other professional learned colleagues are put into the dust bin, and often without realizing the ground realities the decisions are taken. Like many other issues, manpower shortage is dealt with knee jerk reactions, then with progressive inclusive planning and consultation with a suffering junior doctor, stated the association.