Doctor’s letter to the government: Last year’s mistakes are being repeated, need to avoid unnecessary medicines and tests

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Amid the corona virus epidemic again raising its head in the country, doctors have written an open letter to the central and state governments, warning them about the mistakes that were made in 2021 and which are being repeated in this wave as well.

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About 32 eminent doctors from the country and abroad have written a letter to the central government and state governments regarding the situation of corona virus in India. In this letter, a warning has been given about unfair methods of testing and drugs to deal with the current wave of corona virus epidemic. It has been said in this open letter that unnecessary use of drugs can prove to be harmful, as we have seen in the first two waves of this epidemic.
The letter said, “Despite the appalling mortality rate of delta wave and the available evidence, we see the same mistakes being repeated in the clinical management of COVID-19 as we did in 2021.” We request you to intervene to stop using drugs and tests that are not suitable for clinical management of this pandemic. A large number of asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients may or may not need medication.

‘Prescribing unnecessary drugs is not a fair practice’
Doctors said, “We have reviewed many medical consultations in the last two weeks, including several Kovid-19 kits and cocktails. It is not advisable to prescribe medicines of combination of vitamins, azithromycin, doxycycline, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and ivermectin for the treatment of corona virus. The letter said that governments and medical organizations should take necessary steps to stop such practices.

‘There is no need for further investigation’
In this paper, inappropriate drugs are attributed to fungal infections such as mucormycosis in India and aspergillosis in Brazil. Along with this, it has also been said in this letter that most of the Kovid patients do not need to undergo any additional tests after their rapid antigen test or RT-PCR test positive. However, in some cases it may be necessary to measure the oxygen level at home.

‘Omicron is more contagious but not so deadly’
At the same time, about the Omicron variant, it has been said in the letter that this variant can also infect people who have been infected in the past or have been vaccinated. But, due to this the death rate due to infection will be low. The letter warns that patients are being admitted to hospitals without medical explanation. This increases the pressure on the health system and has to face problems in getting treatment for patients other than the Kovid infected.

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About 32 eminent doctors from the country and abroad have written a letter to the central government and state governments regarding the situation of corona virus in India. In this letter, a warning has been given about unfair methods of testing and drugs to deal with the current wave of corona virus epidemic. It has been said in this open letter that unnecessary use of drugs can prove to be harmful, as we have seen in the first two waves of this epidemic.

The letter said, “Despite the appalling mortality rate of delta wave and the available evidence, we see the same mistakes being repeated in the clinical management of COVID-19 as we did in 2021.” We request you to intervene to stop using drugs and tests that are not suitable for clinical management of this pandemic. A large number of asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients may or may not need medication.

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