While treating others, doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, seem to forget to take care of their own health. Now, the PGIMER has decided to make it compulsory for all doctors to undergo health checkup once a year.
The decision was reportedly taken in a meeting chaired by institute director Dr YK Chawla. Sources said Dr Indu Sen, professor in the department of anaesthesia, had sent a proposal stating that "while caring for the patients, we all keep on ignoring our health; annual medical checkup should be made compulsory for all faculty members".
Following this decision, the matter will be referred to the medical superintendent, who along with other departments will develop a list of investigations the doctors need to undergo.
"We will work out the modalities after consultation with clinicians from different specialties,"said PGI medical superintendent Dr AK Gupta.
Being frontline healthcare workers, doctors are most prone to different diseases. It is common to see doctors suffering from tuberculosis, swine flu and other communicable diseases. In 2009, as many as 38 doctors working in city hospitals tested positive for swine flu.
Two ailing PGI senior faculty members have passed away in the past one year.
While Dr Dheeraj Gupta, a professor in the department of pulmonary medicine, PGIMER, died of brain cancer in February, the institute's eminent child cancer specialist Dr RK Marwaha of the department of paediatrics died of Parkinson's disease.