November 12, 2015 12:00:35 am
Strange as may seem, clicking selfies with one’s doctor and posting it online is part of a new campaign launched by Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to improve doctor-patient relations and prevent attacks on doctors which have become frequent of late.
According to MARD, there have been 19 attacks on doctors across Maharashtra since July this year.
The new initiative was launched a week ago where people have been asked to upload a selfie with a doctor (or any medico who has treated the patient) and post it on the Facebook page “Hall of Shame: Save doctors from assaults”.
While the week-long campaign has so far been able to collect just 75 selfies, MARD is now actively planning to approach private hospital doctors and urge them to post selfies with their patients. “Since we are just limited to government hospitals, we are now planning to request private hospital doctors to participate in the campaign. Already, we have spoken to doctors at several hospitals in Mumbai and at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune. We are planning to meet several others across the state,” Dr Sagar Mundada, president of MARD, told The Indian Express.
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“Anybody and everybody is welcome to click selfie with your doctor and post it on our FB page,” said Mundada, who launched this initiative following a spate of attacks on doctors in the last few years. “The bond between a doctor and a patient is a delicate one. Our Facebook page will also highlight the fact that there may be a few black sheep in this noble profession, but it will also help reinforce the concept of the Hippocrates oath that doctors take and make them introspect. For patients too, a selfie would be a way to show their gratitude to the person who helps heal them. After all, why not show a little gratitude to the doctor who makes you alright.”
For every picture posted from November 1-30, MARD will be donating Rs 100 for the care of patients suffering from schizophrenia.
Meanwhile, MARD has urged relatives of patients to allow only one or two to accompany the patient. “Getting more relatives to the hospitals is not really helping improve the health of the patient, but instead they can also be the source of new infections,” MARD said in a statement. Fewer relatives will also reduce the uncalled for chaos in hospital premises and help bring down the number of attacks, it said.
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