New Delhi: Medical Technology Association of India (MTaI) has urged the government to include the MedTech sector workforce in the target list of beneficiaries of COVID-19 vaccination, due to the critical nature of work they do.
MTaI Chairman and Director General Mr. Pavan Choudary said, “We are happy to note that more than 1 crore people have already been vaccinated which includes hospital staff and other frontline workers. It is, however, pertinent to note that MedTech executives are part of the frontline team that is battling against the pandemic. These executives visit operation theaters and emergency rooms and other facilities in hospitals daily as part of the procedure and demonstration teams. Due to the nature of their jobs, these frontline MedTech workers may even be more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus than some of the other beneficiary groups chosen for the vaccination drive (e.g. security staff in hospitals), as they work in environments where the treatment of COVID patients is actually happening.”
“MedTech executives work in live healthcare setups and are likely to come under direct contact with patients, contaminated devices, equipment, surfaces and even bio-laden air. They perform their duties diligently and help in the maintenance of devices and equipment that are used to treat the COVID-19 patient,” added Mr. Choudary.
MTaI Director, Mr. Sanjay Bhutani stated that the frontline MedTech workers have been working 24×7 in the current pandemic times, similar to hospital personnel, to ensure:
Timely servicing of capital equipment such as X-RAY, MRI machines installed across the country, by physically visiting these locations.
Assisting clinicians/nursing staff in ICU that are treating COVID patients by installing/servicing patients monitors, ventilators and other life-saving equipment.
Assisting physicians in emergency procedures.
Ensuring a regular supply of critical care medical devices to the hospitals and other healthcare setups during the lockdown and thereafter.