Thane, May 22 : Maharashtra Cabinet on Friday approved the demand raised by the Indian Medical Association(IMA), of providing insurance cover to private doctors who may die of COVID-19 while treating patients of the same, said IMA Thane Chapter President Dinkar Desai.
Mr Desai said that the information was shared by the State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde during a meeting attended by the Thane civic chief Vijay Singhal, IMA representatives and owners of three private hospitals. He said that discussions were also held for building a 1,000-bed Dedicated Corona Hospital(DCH) in the city.
The three hospital owners offered their infrastructure for supporting the ambitious DCH project. The DCH will host 80 ICU beds, 500 with oxygen and the remaining for the mild cases. In a compassionate gesture, Minister Shinde on Thursday paid a visit to an 11-month-old toddler, whose parents have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 . In a video going viral on social media, the Minister can be seen playing with the baby, who has been in the care of Shiv Sena worker Reena Mudaliar since past week.
After the parents contracted the virus, the relatives backed away from taking the guardianship of the baby. It was then that the Shiv Sena stepped in and swiftly resolved the matter by taking the toddler's complete responsibility. (UNI)