Nurses who were providing essential service in ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation) hospital, Kandivali, Mumbai were provided temporary accommodation in ESIC TOR (Employees State Insurance Corporation Touring Officer Room). Unexpectedly on 1st June, 2020 they were informed and forced to evacuate the accommodation immediately. The forceful evacuation was followed the orders from ESIC administration. But the precise cause of evacuation was not revealed. This came with the fear that nurses would infect the premise.
Currently, they have been shifted to ESIC staff quarters where no basic facilities have been provided such as food and transportation. The ESIC staff is working under the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) administration. On requisition with BMC, few arrangements were made by BMC officials for nurses to stay in hotels which are so far from the ESIC hospital which was causing inconvenience to travel. Whereas ESIC TOR had all the basic facility and it was located near to the ESIC hospital. No action was taken against this incident.
For every health professional like me it is disheartening to see such incidents happening around us. Nurses have shown solidarity to serve the COVID-19 patients but the lack of social support is discouraging which result in low morale.
The above information was reported by Mr. Jodhraj Bairwa, Senior Nursing Officer, ESIC hospital, Kandivali, Mumbai.