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Meet MBBS grads who are ready to take on Covid

23 scholars signal as much as lend a hand stretched healthcare employees

Never in modern history has the Hippocrates oath and its covenant been as related as it's today, as we struggle an invisible enemy, who changes the foundations of the sport so continuously, and so stealthily. In this global battle, the highlight has firmly been at the women and men of drugs, fighting the enemy, saving lives and fighting to save their very own lives.

In occasions when some docs have briefly deserted their roles for fear of being inflamed and infecting their families, meet those 23 younger heroes from Bengaluru who've shown rare braveness.

They have been recruited by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to fight Covid-19 in the city. These docs, who are at the frontline of the fight, will work in different number one health centres (PHCs) with one goal of containing the spread of Covid-19.

Active participation of health pros is the need of the hour. Money is not my number one worry. We must strengthen the hands of the federal government

— Mohammed Ilyas, who has a 28-year career with top-notch private hospitals

Most of the docs recruited by the civic body were making ready for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Medical Postgraduate lessons scheduled in January subsequent 12 months. They have been hired for a duration of six months and the BBMP will pay them a per month wage of Rs 60,000.

Their responsibilities come with getting to walk-in sufferers, screening those that have signs of Covid-19, surveying localities affected by the illness and in addition offering a round-up of what’s going down of their respective spaces.


According to these healthcare pros, what attracted them to this role was the risk to serve society in occasions of a virus. While some joined the BBMP by sacrificing their well-paying jobs, others are travelling a number of extra miles to be able to take care of sufferers. There were many that had to convince their “hesitant” families, apprehensive in regards to the affect of the virus, sooner than signing up for this role.

“It’s a possibility to serve the nation. I used to be mostly loose since I am currently making ready for the post-graduation exam. I felt the responsibilities reminiscent of surveillance, contact tracing and treating sufferers -- which was assigned to me -- is attainable. My circle of relatives is also glad,” mentioned Dr Anushree V, a resident of Rajajinagar. She has been appointed as a clinical officer at a Primary Health Centre in Goripalya, which is six kilometres away from her space.


Nazla Noushad (25), a resident of BTM Layout, too plans to continue her studies once the pandemic is over. “I do know there's numerous workload plus we have to put in extra work hours. I am utterly O.Okay. with it. I have taken this as much as serve people and now not for the money. I am doing my bit for my society which helped me grow to be what I am today.” The 25-year-old has been assigned to work at a public health centre in Shantinagar.

For Sahana C, a resident of Jayanagar, clearing the BBMP interview was much easier than convincing her parents, who were to begin with apprehensive in regards to the safety of healthcare pros at the time of the pandemic. “My parents were scared when I shared my plan to enroll in the BBMP as a clinical officer. They agreed handiest after studying that the docs are given all safety amenities,” she added.


Doctors like Mohammed Ilias, who joined the BBMP on Wednesday, surrender their well-paying jobs to serve the City. In his career spanning 28 years, the 50-year-old has worked in Vikram Hospital, Mallya Hospital, St. John’s health facility amongst others. “Active participation of health pros is the need of the hour. Money is not my number one worry. We must strengthen the hands of the federal government,” he mentioned.

The BBMP, which was overburdened with responsibilities of tackling the illness, is happy with the response from the clinical fraternity. “Anticipating poor responses from docs, we had larger the per month wage by Rs 10,000. We are glad that each one our vacant posts are crammed,” Ravi Kumar Surpur, Special Commissioner (Health) informed BM.


BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar mentioned the recruitment of docs was essential as over 16 retired docs -- who were in service -- had to surrender because it was now not safe for them to work during the pandemic, which has confirmed fatal for those over 60 years of age.

It is the most efficient of occasions; It is the worst of occasions, for docs and nurses. While Covid-19 presents a singular challenge for docs to turn out their mettle, it’s also a time when they have got had to face stigma and ostracisation because they're potential number one contacts.

At one of these time, for those docs to enroll in BBMP’s team of clinical officers, understanding the demanding situations forward and the danger to personal safety, is person who merits our deepest gratitude.

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