PATNA: The Indian Medical Association ( IMA), Bihar unit, has urged people to avail medical help without visiting the clinic of a doctor or any hospital.
“Stay home and get in touch with our doctors through telephone or cell phone for treatment of both symptomatic and a symptomatic problems in this pandemic age,” was the message released after hectic discussions by experts at an emergent meeting of the executive committee of the IMA convened here on Monday.
The meeting chaired by president Dr Bimal Karak appealed to the people to seek the help of nearest IMA members through phone, said IMA secretary Dr Sunil Kumar. “We also spoke to the IMA doctors in Kerala, who supported the approach of motivating people for home isolation,” he added.
The IMA released a list of 40 doctors including the executive committee members with their phone numbers available 24×7 for telemedicine facilities. The IMA has also set up helplines in all the districts and even some sub- divisions also.
Dr Sunil said the IMA later held a zoom meeting with the principal secretary, health department, Prataya Amrit, who informed about six of his staff who have tested Covid-19 positive. Amrit also assured the doctors’ body to extend support from the government.
The IMA also apprised people to strictly follow the norms of social distancing, use masks and wash hands with soaps for keeping the chances of infection at bay.