In April this year, when Mumbai was in the grip of Covid-19, Dr Hemant Deshmukh, dean of the civic-run KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, had a string of difficult decisions to make. Patients were pouring in by the dozen every hour and he didn’t have any time to lose. Who received the limited number of RT-PCR tests available? Who got a hospital bed? How did doctors make decisions about triaging? 

Deshmukh, the head of the city’s Covid task force and a radiologist with over two decades of medical practice under his belt, had never seen something like this.

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Maitri Porecha

Maitri writes about everything health for The Ken. For close to 10 years now, she has navigated hospital corridors in her search for a good story. In a past life, when she was not a journalist, she used to teach French at her neighbourhood school. Also an avid fan of forensics, she is always up for decoding mysteries in her free time.

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