Surat : Dr. Jayesh Lele, general secretary of Indian Medical Association (IMA), who was in the news for pulling the saffron-clad Baba Ramdev for his baseless comments against Allopathy as ‘stupid science’, has said the Indian medical system is well-equipped to manage the possibility of the third wave of Covid-19 in the country.
Dr. Lele attended the IMA National junior doctors network leadership meet, hosted for the first time in Surat by the IMA-Gujarat and the IMA’s Surat chapter for the junior doctors, along with the National President of IMA, JA Jayalal on Saturday.
Talking with TBT, Dr. Lele said, “Discussions are going world-over over the impact and the timing of the third wave of Covid-19. Many states in the U.S are already witnessing the third wave. Kerala is the only state in India, where the third wave has become active with more than 50% cases of Covid-19.”
Dr. Lele added, “We learned harsh lessons during the first and the second wave of Covid-19 in the country when the beds were not available, oxygen supply was not enough to deal with the medical crisis and the shortage of medications. Now, the entire medical system in the country is well-equipped to face the possible third wave with improved health infrastructure”
According to Dr. Lele, coronavirus is the new virus, and that the medical fraternity was not knowing about its spread two years ago. Scientists world over are working day-and-night researching on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines on the old and new variants such as Delta and Delta+.
According to Dr. Lele, research is going on everywhere to develop a vaccine for children in the age group of 12-18 years including in India. For this, the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) are being promoted to take care of infants and adolescents. The IMA is working closely with the Central Government and soon vaccine will be made available for children in the age group of 12-18 years.
At the All India Leadership meet, junior doctors from different states across the country had descended in Surat on Saturday. About four leaders of the junior doctors association from each state in the country participated in the leaders’ meet in the city on Saturday.
The main objective behind organizing the leadership meeting was to understand the issues and demands of the junior doctors’ fraternity and chalk out a strategy to work closely with the Central Government for an amicable solution.
Dr. Parul Vadgama, former president of IMA-Surat and IMA’s National Junior Doctors’ Network (JDN) secretary said, “Junior doctors discussed the latest researches going on in the medical field, academic issues and their demands. About four junior doctors from the IMA’s JDN were invited from each state in the country”
Dr. Vinesh Shah, media spokesperson of IMA-Surat said, “Issues such as job placements, filling up the vacant posts and creating opportunities for the junior doctors to work in internationally, etc. were discussed at the leadership meet”