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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 237-239

Concerns of Frontline Doctors in India during COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Senior Residents, Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Shailja Sharma
Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda - 176 002, Himachal Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_472_20

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A rapid cross-sectional survey was conducted across India among frontline allopathic doctors to know their prime concerns. Four hundred and five responses were received from 16 states and 3 union territories. Among doctors working in COVID-dedicated hospitals, 56.18% are formally trained for the same, and 40.5% of these are satisfied with the training. 47.3% of these have personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, 35.1% have no PPE kits, and 17.6% are not aware of their availability. 31.1% of doctors reported attending to COVID suspects without PPE. 58.1% of institutions have a dedicated task force, 20.3% do not, whereas 21.6% of doctors are not aware of such a task force. Only 21.6% of the participants consider their institution to be fully prepared for COVID. After performing COVID duties, 45.9% are being provided with an alternative place of stay, whereas only 16.2% have been quarantined. In non-COVID institutions, 82.4% of doctors are using protective gear, of these 35.2% procured them on their own.

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