Ahmedabad: Pushing final year medical students to join Covid-19 field duty is illegal and arbitrary, the Gujarat Medicos Parents Association, an association formed by parents of medical students has claimed.
The students are to face exams in the next 4-5 months, and they should not be expected to sacrifice their studies and to attend Covid-19 duty, it said in a media statement.
The Gujarat Medicos Parents Association represents parents of more than 150 final year medical students who are studying in NHL Municipal Medical College and LG Medical College, also known as AMC MET College.
Out of 22 medical colleges in Gujarat, including those run by the state government, only the two colleges run by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have made Covid-19 duty mandatory for third-year Part-I and Part-II MBBS students, it said.
Calling the decision by the two colleges as discriminatory, the association is of the view that the duty be made voluntary, as has been done by the government medical college in Surat.
“Students who face final year exams in four or five months cannot be expected to give up their study and compulsorily attend to Covid-19 field duties. Any move to force students to do so is illegal and arbitrary. It is also in contravention to a Union health ministry’s direction that final year MBBS students cannot be assigned any clinical duties,” the Gujarat Medicos Parents Association said.
The association said the past four months have not been fruitful since colleges were closed and no classes were held due to the lockdown.
The association has criticized NHL and LG Medical College for warning that students not attending to Covid-19 duty would not be allowed to appear for exams.
The ministry of health and family welfare, Gujarat government has recently issued a notification where students of various faculties including MBBS, BDS, physiotherapy, BSc nursing, BHMS, BAMS and various other medical and paramedical courses will have to undergo a training programme before they can be deployed in the field.