Docs flag in open letter, Health News, ET HealthWorld
One of the signatories, Dr Sanjay Nagral from Jaslok Hospital, told TOI: “There was a need to say that we are overdoing it — be it with respect to Covid treatment, testing or hospitalisation. This letter is an effort by some doctors to state we don’t agree with some of the practices.”
The letter, signed by a few Indian-origin doctors from Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities in the US, said the “mistakes of the 2021 response” were being repeated in 2022. The group identified three main issues: Unwarranted medication, unwarranted tests and unwarranted hospitalisation.
While most Covid-19 cases now have mild symptoms and will require little to no medications, the group said, “Most prescriptions we have reviewed in the past two weeks include several Covid-19 ‘kits’ and cocktails.” As government guidelines set the standard for treatment in India, the open letter exhorted the government to update its June 2021 guidelines.