Faridkot, July 31
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has requested all medical faculties and institutions to install cameras in their premises at certain specific locations.
In a letter to all medical colleges, NMC Chairman Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma suggested 12 locations in institutions for the installation of at least 25 cameras.
Sources from the NMC and medical colleges revealed that one of the reasons for installing these cameras is to place the functioning of medical colleges under the watchful eye of the NMC. The other reason to install these cameras is the safety of doctors and paramedics in the face of the upsurge in attacks on doctors during on-call hours.
In line with NMC guidelines, medical schools have been advised to install cameras in OPDs (depending on the number of OPDs in the college). The cameras should cover medical, surgical, gynecological, pediatric and orthopedic OPDs, the busiest OPDs in a medical institution.
One camera should be installed at the main entrance of the hospital and college and two cameras at the patient registration counter. All medical school lecture halls should be equipped with cameras.
The pre-anesthesia area, recovery area in the operating room complex, faculty lounge and attendance marking areas, anatomy dissection room, physiology lab, biochemistry labs UG, the pharmacology lab, the patient attendant waiting area, and the emergency and emergency department must be equipped with cameras, the NMC said.
The objective is to place colleges under the supervision of the National Medical Commission, to protect doctors from any aggression during on-call hours