The camel is the the evidence based practice of medicine. And the last straw that broke it's back - was it COVID-19 pandemic or COVID-19 infodemic?
“I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde.” Robert Louis Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
In the queue
I was standing in the queue for a RT-PCR test to be done. I looked down and gazed at the round markings drawn on the floor. Were they really one meter apart? One could easily talk to the person ahead or behind in the queue. The person ahead of me was in a wheelchair with two attendants. The person behind me was a middle aged lady busy on her mobile.
In the absence of any ethical guidelines, corporate hospitals are like unbridled horses. How to utilise them for public good during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some time back (November 2019), our institute had organized an international workshop on ‘Clinical Research Ethics.’ It was an agenda setting workshop for our institution and had representations from several other institutes such as the Department of Bioethics, National Institute of Health (NIH), USA, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Niti Ayog and Drug Controller (India), CDSCO. We were informed that ICMR is the watchdog of bio-ethical practices in clinical research in India and had formulated guidelines as good as anywhere else in the world. ICMR had placed mechanisms to guide institutional ethical committees in matters of research if required. There were also discussions about special situations such as research on vulnerable populations such as children, tribal and the underprivileged.