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Mumbai in urgent need of more doctors and nurses, says head of medical team from Kerala – Mumbai Mirror

Kochi: Mumbai is in an urgent need of more doctors and nurses as the city grapples with the spiralling cases of COVID-19.

With every day recording a new high, hospitals in the city are filling up fast but there is a dearth of doctors and nurses.

Dr SS Santosh Kumar, deputy superintendent of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, who is leading a medical team from Kerala to tackle the crisis in Mumbai, said the more the doctors and nurses are willing to volunteer to work in Mumbai, the better.

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The CPI (M) leader and former MP, MB Rajesh on Monday tweeted saying that a team of doctors and nurses from Kerala reached Mumbai to treat COVID-19 patients. “They request more doctors and nurses to volunteer,” he said giving two contact numbers.

Santosh Kumar told Mirror that presently 16 doctors from Kerala have reached Mumbai. The other doctors and nurses will be reaching the city in the coming days.

Santosh Kumar and Dr Sajeesh G, an anesthetist and intensivist, landed in Mumbai last week. At least 50 more doctors and nurses are expected to arrive from Kerala.

There is a delay in their reaching Mumbai since the regular flight services have not resumed yet. “The more doctors and nurses Mumbai gets, the more better,” Santosh Kumar said, suggesting that the situation is more alarming.

Dr Tatyarao P Lahane, Director of Medical Education and Research had on Sunday told Santosh Kumar that atleast 400 nurses and 200 doctors are required.

“But we can’t go with that figure. The requirement increases day by day,” Santosh Kumar said.

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“For instance, at SevenHills Hospital in Andheri, one of the city’s largest Covid-19 facilities with 1,500 beds, there is scope for adding 200 more beds in the ICU, but there are no frontline health workers,” he pointed out.

It was following a letter sent by Mahatrashtra’s Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja, asking for the recruitment of these doctors and nurses on a “temporary basis”, that the expert team was dispatched.

The facilities and working conditions are good for doctors and nurses in Mumbai, Santosh Kumar noted.