Doctor Saloni Desai reacts to the Marine Drive crowd photos :-
This is Marine Drive today.
Yesterday night I saw 2 COVID patients die in adjoining wards in one single shift. Both in their 40s/50s. All ICUs everywhere around the city are full. All ventilators are taken. There are entire families in different wards of hospitals, who can’t see each other, just praying for their loved ones. There is definite evidence of community transmission, whether ICMR admits or not. 90% case load still borne by resident doctors of public hospitals. Ambulances carrying bodies leave for crematoriums almost every hour from Nair, KEM and Sion. Waiting time to get an ambulance and admission to hospital is approximately 12-24 hours or more depending on your contacts. Resident doctors and nurses are fighting day and night to keep patients alive, doing jobs of class 4 workers who are not being held accountable for their absence. Routine OPDs, OTs are still closed. The exams of our final year residents are being planned in the midst of the pandemic despite the fact that it will severely cripple the services being offered since residents are the backbone of the system. We are dealing with anxiety and helplessness but trying to battle on because there is literally nobody else for the patients.
And this is how Mumbaikars are paying us back?
The opening of lockdown does not mean Covid has vanished. It is here, very much to stay, and we must adapt to it. Essential economic activities have started but is it necessary to flog marine drive right now at the peak of the pandemic? There is no herd immunity at present, and for it to develop lakhs will have to die. You could be one of them.
If you contact covid and give it to your family, there will be no one to save you except us. The severely tired, exploited govt healthcare workers with minimum facilities.
For your own sake if not for ours, for your families’ sake, have some sense. Go out only for essential activities.
A thoroughly exhausted COVID warrior.