“According to protocol, we should be given an N95 mask, a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit and sanitizer. Our situation is so dire that we use HIV kits to protect ourselves while treating patients. We also wear one pair or two pairs of gloves for eight hours. We reuse the gloves by sanitizing them. I am scared that I will contract the coronavirus if I continue to treat patients without proper safety equipment,” Sanjeev (name changed), a doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JLNMCH) in the city of Bhagalpur in Bihar, told DW. He is fighting for his life every day while treating patients in the government hospital. His situation isn’t different from other doctors across Bihar, one of the poorest states of India. The Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) is one of Bihar’s largest hospitals. Here, beds are not available for potential patients of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, a source from the hospital, who did not wish to be named, told DW. The hospital also doesn’t have a designated ward for symptomatic patients. Read more: Coronavirus lockdown: Delhi struggles to feed migrants left behind Testing for the coronavirus in Bihar is… Read full this story
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