Tribune News Service
Kolkata, January 4
West Bengal Doctors Forum (WBDF), an umbrella organisation of doctors which has been making significant interventions relating to the ongoing Covid crisis, has decided to set up a Covid Memorial Museum dedicated to doctors who died after contracting the dreaded virus from patients.
Talking to the TNS, Dr Rajiv Pandey, a senior WBDF office-bearer, said that the proposal for setting up of a museum in the memory of the doctors who sacrificed their lives while fighting the pandemic had been already passed in the executive committee meeting of WBDF.
“The outbreak of Spanish Flu was somewhat similar to the Covid Pandemic. The Spanish Flu had hit humanity back in 1914 and took a huge toll but most of us are not even aware of it,” Pandey lamented.
“We do not want people to forget the fight put up by doctors to arrest the spread of the pandemic and give relief to patients by putting their own lives at risk. The fight is still on”, Pandey added.
Pandey, who is a member of the interim committee of WBDF which looks after the day to day work of the organisation, said that as many as 90 doctors died in West Bengal till date after contracting Covid in the line of duty.
The WBDF member said that the exhibits that would be showcased in the proposed museum would include PPE, face shield and various other tools used by doctors to treat Covid patients. The museum would also feature pictures of the martyred doctors and write-ups on them. The story of the research regarding the development of a vaccine for Covid would also feature in the proposed museum, Pandey disclosed.
“The objective behind the museum project is to ensure that the future generations are aware of the fearless fight by the frontline workers against the deadly pandemic”, Pandey said.
WBDF would approach the state government for land in Kolkata or its neighbourhood for the proposed museum. Funds needed for the project would be raised by crowdfunding, Pandey informed.