Defer PG medical exams: COVID positive medico writes to Telangana Governor
Hyderabad: A PG medico of Osmania medical college in Hyderabad has approached the Governor of Telangana, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan seeking her intervention regarding postponement of the final year exams for postgraduates scheduled to be held between June 20 and 29.
Dr Soundararajan, a medical doctor by profession, is also the Chancellor of the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) that conducts the exams.
According to the reports, 29-year-old Final year medical student who was earlier tested COVID positive and is currently undergoing treatment along with many of his fellow medicos at the state-run Gandhi general hospital.
At least 370 PG medicos in OGH and over 200 in Gandhi hospital are supposed to appear for the examination within one week. It pointed out that out of the 1,405 doctors/PG final year students set to take the exams, 663 are from colleges located within the Greater Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts, the COVID-19 hotspots in the state.
But few doctors, including the doctor who made the appeal, has been going under treatment for COVID-19. Moreover, many of the PG medical students have been home quarantined. Under such circumstances, preparing for the examination or in some cases, even appearing for the exam will be utterly problematic, the student pointed out. Thus they fear that they might lose one year of their academic calendar.
"I personally faced and experienced how difficult it is to be isolated in this critical situation. To prepare for exams in such an atmosphere is simply not possible. Due to this mental agony, I am not able to concentrate to study for the exams. I fear that I may not perform well in the exams and risk losing an academic year because of an unfortunate incident. It is simply not possible to face everything simultaneously: the health problem, studies, the exam anxiety, and the social stigma," the junior doctor wrote in his letter.
Meanwhile, the Healthcare Reforms Doctors' Association (HRDA) has also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Telangana High Court seeking direction to the government to postpone the exams. The petitioner said that the government is unnecessarily rushing to conduct the exams and that the exams could wait until the pandemic is over, reports IANS
Commenting on the issue Dr. Karunakar Reddy, the vice-chancellor of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences informed TOI that "There is a PIL filed on the subject. The matter is now sub-judiciary".