Maharashtra government seeks Kerala’s assistance to contain Covid-19

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on May 25, 2020

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The Maharashtra state government has formally written to the Kerala government asking for its intervention to contain the novel coronavirus that has ravaged the state. The assistance is sought for the worst-hit Mumbai-Pune industrial commercial stretch, as per a media report.

The development came days after Maharashtra's Health Minister Rajesh Tope discussed the Covid-19 challenges with Kerala''s Health and Social Welfare Minister KK Shailaja.

Now, the Maharashtra government has sent an official letter seeking doctors and nurses for the pandemic crisis here.

Dr TP Lahane, Director, Medical Education and Research, -- who is the Nodal Officer, Covid-19 -- has said in the near future, the number of cases is expected to increase in Mumbai and Pune.

In the formal letter, he has requested Minister Shailaja for a 50-member team of specialist doctors and nurses to assist the Maharashtra health authorities.

For their services, Maharashtra is prepared to pay MBBS doctors Rs 80,000 a month and Rs 2 lakh per month for MD/MS specialist doctors, which include physicians and intensivists. For the Trained nursing staff, the state will pay Rs 30,000 a month.

The Maharashtra government stated that it will ensure the accommodation, meals, required medicine, and personal protective equipment to all the visiting doctors and nurses.

"In view of the emerging situation, the Maharashtra government has decided to set up a 600-bedded COVID Health Care Center at Mahalakshmi Race Course in Mumbai City. It also included a 125 bedded ICU," says the letter by Lahane.

The state has also made available the service of private medical practitioners but still requires the service of many more doctors and nurses.

Lahane also mentioned that he spoke with Santhosh Kumar, Vice President of Doctors Without Borders in South Asia, who had agreed to help in providing the required healthcare professionals to this state.

Published on May 25, 2020

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