President's Message

Dr. Bashi V Velayudhan : Junior Vice President

Dr. Bashi V. Velayudhan

Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope this message finds you as well as can be expected during such extraordinary times.

As members of the larger medical fraternity, I’m sure many of you, like me, are processing in your own ways what has been unravelling in the country over the past few weeks. I have been grappling with some thoughts which I feel are important to share with you.

Firstly, given the constantly changing nature of how this global pandemic is evolving, I want to appeal to all of us to think carefully about proceeding with ‘business as usual’. It is up to us to decide on the requirement and the emergency nature of surgery and we have to use this option in a judicious manner, taking into consideration the welfare and safety of the supporting staff. Kindly use your discretion in a wise manner. While we are fulfilling our duties as surgeons and saving lives, this is a moment for us to pause and reflect if proceeding with our regular schedules is indeed the most responsible thing to do.

Secondly, being doctors ourselves, the whole country and indeed, the whole world, is looking to us now for answers. Given this responsibility, let’s also be mindful of sharing our opinions on covid19, and ask ourselves if we have full information before we do this. This is especially important during interactions with the media- it is important for us to acknowledge that in a global pandemic of this nature, we as a community of cardiothoracic surgeons are certainly not the experts.

We must and should defer to those frontline health workers- doctors, nurses, lab technicians- who are at the forefront of this struggle. In these times where WhatsApp forwards are the new facts, we must ensure that we ourselves are not contributing to misinformation and false panic.

I urge us all to consider some of these preliminary questions as the situation is unfolding. It is important that each one of us does our bit, and let us definitely have some concrete things we can do, especially for the most vulnerable in our country, at this difficult time.

Warm regards,

Dr. Bashi V. Velayudhan 

President
Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons