In a bizarre and shameful incident, a society in Ghaziabad society literally has banned doctors and medical staff from entering in their own houses. In the advisory, the society asked the doctors and medical staff to not visit home regularly and stay at the hospital.
The advisory was called ‘discriminatory’ by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), but that did not stop a condominium in Ghaziabad from doing just that.
The apartment owners association (AOA) of Neelpadam Kunj cited a letter from Ghaziabad municipal corporation commissioner, Dinesh Chandra, in its notice, which said,
We respectfully appeal to our fellow residents, who are doctors, paramedical staff and working in different hospitals in Delhi to make a temporary arrangement of their stay in Delhi till the lockdown period and attend their duties from Delhi-based residence only. As we are already staying in a government-sealed complex, we have to implement this at the earliest date. Hence, we will stop the exit and entry of doctors and paramedical staff who are residing in NPK from early morning of Sunday onwards.
The IMA was quick to lash out on the letter and called it discriminatory. IMA in a statement said:
The RWA (Resident Welfare Association) does not have any right to stop any person from coming to his residence. It is an infringement of one’s right and a punishable offence. To say that the doctor or paramedical staff is at risk of spreading corona in the public is highly condemnable. Are you (district authorities) pitting RWA against the doctor?
Chief Medical Officer, NK Gupta, said that it is just an ‘advisory’ and is not binding to anyone, however, the letter clearly states that it will stop the entry and exit of doctors.
In times when everyone is praising doctors and medical staff, some people seem to be only caring about themselves.