27 November, 2020

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Offering An Entire Hospital Free, This Doctor Does The Unthinkable

Dr Maheshwaran, a pediatrician, made an offer that stunned the chief medical officer of a government hospital near Coimbatore. An entire floor of his hospital is now serving health workers

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Offering An Entire Hospital Free, This Doctor Does The Unthinkable
outlookindia.com
2020-04-25T13:45:36+05:30

As bequests go, this one beats the others for size: A 60-bed hospital founded 37 years ago by a lady gynaecologist located in Mettupalayam town on the foothills of the Nigliris with a staff of nearly 120 persons. When Dr. Maheswaran rang up the chief medical officer of the Meetupalayama Government Hospital and offered his entire hospital and its services free of charge for admitting and treating coronavirus patients, there was stunned silence at the other end.

“At first he would not believe it. I told him I was serious and followed it up with an official letter to the CMO and the district collector of Coimbatore. I could keep just a few beds for deliveries and free up the remaining with all necessary support system for Covid-19 treatment,” proposed Maheswaran, a paediatrician.

But government officials replied that treatment of coronavirus was being restricted to government hospitals as per the state health ministry’s protocol. So even when 21 Tablighi Jamaat returnees from Mettupalayam tested positive they were housed in the GH and the ESI...

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