Corona scare: House surgeons face discrimination by landlords in Warangal

Some house-owners in the city are now showing discrimination against House Surgeons serving at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital (MGMH) in the city by asking them to vacate the houses fearing that the doctors might transmit coronavirus to other inmates in their houses.

By Author  |  Published: 24th Mar 2020  7:01 pm
MGM hospital (File Photo)

Warangal Urban: On Sunday, the entire nation clapped and rang bells for doctors and the medical fraternity in appreciation of their services in providing services for Covid-19 patients. The denizens of Warangal city also saluted the medical fraternity. But shockingly, some house-owners in the city are now showing discrimination against House Surgeons serving at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital (MGMH) in the city by asking them to vacate the houses fearing that the doctors might transmit coronavirus to other inmates in their houses.

Speaking to ‘Telangana Today,’ Mahesh Pethakamsetti, a senior House Surgeon, said house-owners were returning the advance paid by the junior House Surgeons even after they agreed to rent the house. “As there is no hostel facility for House Surgeons, many of us stay in rented house near Kakatiya Medical College (KMC) or MGMH. However, the owners who took money as advance to rent their houses to House Surgeons are now returning the money. Moreover, they are looking at us ( House Surgeons) as if we are the carriers of the virus. This is causing much pain to us. We are serving patients at the hospital risking our lives. But some people treat us badly,” he lamented.

“While there are 200 House Surgeons, the college does not provide accommodation to them. But male House Surgeons stay at a hostel opposite MGMH. The female House Surgeons normally stay in rented houses near the college or hospital. Out of 200, 40 male and 40 female needed accommodation this year. In view of this, we decided to provide accommodation to the 40 female on our campus premises in view of the extraordinary situation,” said Dr Sandhya Sunkaraneni.

On the other hand, some house owners are allegedly asking them to vacate their houses. A House Surgeon, Nishant Nazneen shared a post on Facebook on the ordeal that has gone become viral.

“One owner said we are ‘dirty. Our campus hostels were converted into isolation wards by order of the district collector. We are working without any protective gear during this pandemic, without any holiday, without any stipend for the past five months while the nation is in lockdown,” the post read.

She asked: “What were the claps and ringing of bells yesterday for? Where is the gratitude they showed us yesterday? Why do we have to risk our lives for their health, by putting our health at stake if this is the way people treat us?”

District collector Rajeev Gandhi Hanumanthu said they have discussed the issue with the doctors and resolved it. “A separate block has been allotted to the house surgeons in the Kakatiya Medical College premises. At the same time we are ensuring that the doctors are well equipped with all the protective gear inside the hospital,” he added.

 


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