Coronavirus in India: Package for private dentists sought

Coronavirus in India: dentists demand package

Amid Coronavirus in India, Dr Gautam Sharma, Ex-President of Indian Dental Association (IDA) Jammu, has demanded an exclusive economic package for the dental surgeons as these doctors will not be able to work on patients for atleast 2-3 months after lifting of lockdown.

He said that he has interacted with many dentists as well as executive body members of various dental associations and all were of the view that due to abundant presence of Covid-19 virus in nasopharyngeal and salivary secretions it would be impossible to treat the patients as dental procedures produce a lot of aerosols and this virus transmit through droplets.

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Dr. Sharma said that private dental practitioners who were solely dependent on their income from the dental clinics are worst hit due to lockdown but they have to pay the rent of the clinics, salary of the employees, pending bills and loans from the bank.

He said that as soon as the lockdown is lifted, the public can start the work with mouth masks on, the shops will open, factories will start production, people can travel and everything will be on track but a dental surgeon can’t treat a patient with patient’s mouth mask on. The patient has to remove the mask before any procedure can be done on him. If a Corona virus carrier comes for treatment to a dental clinic then no level of precaution can stop splatter of saliva and aerosol production if scaling, cavity preparation with air rotor, use of reduction handpiece or any other aerosol producing procedure is undertaken. The surfaces and the walls of the clinic will get infected and will expose dentist, clinic staff and all the following patients to the risk of getting infected with corona virus. Hence it would be very difficult for dentists to undertake any procedure in patient’s oral cavity some months even after the lockdown is lifted.

Dr.Sharma demanded that central government shall take this as a special case for private practitioner dentists amid Coronavirus in India and order to waive the rents of the clinics and reduce the interest on the bank loans which dentists have taken to establish their clinics.

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141 thoughts on “Coronavirus in India: Package for private dentists sought

  1. Dentistry which was already in shambles has been further jeopardized by covid..package for unemployed dental surgeons is the need of the hour otherwise dental clinics can become hotspots everywhere ..we r thankful to Dr Gautam for his unprecedented work for dental surgeons

      1. Thank you for addressing such a grave issue with the government, already the fallout of the lock down has put us in a terrible situation.

      1. I thank Dr Sharma to come forward with such initiatives. The demand from the government to deposit atleast 30000 per month to all registered dentist for their Survival till the lockdown atleast.

        1. True..it is impossible to work on pt ..due corona virus pandemic..all private prctioner should came together .raise the voice to reach twrds govt..other wise as usual we just do thought ..n govt nt even recognise us

    1. Absolutely to the point
      It’s a difficult situation for everyone but for dentist it is going to last longer than others. The government should look into it and individually land lords should not demand rent from such doctors .

      1. Completely agree with ur explanation sir.. We as struggling dentists don’t have enough financial back up for months to follow, till everything is normal and we are back into practice. And as doctors or dentists, we can’t ask for financial help from anyone around us. Govt should understand and address our problem.

    2. Very well said and it’s worth executing. V HV already tweeted to the prime minister as well.

    3. Thebfentist should be given some relief in income tax also . Professional tax should be waived off

    4. Dr.Alka KHADE.18 april.2020 at 5.28pm.
      Well said dr. Sherma.Dental surgeons are d one who suffers …more than other faculties.risk cover are more with dentist.we have to pay salaries to d staff…plus other expenses come along.

    5. I Completely agree with you. Working with good quality PPE kit is practically not possible for a general dentist as it is not easily available and it’s quite expensive also.

  2. Please ask them to provide us with corona virus testing kits so that we can go ahead with our routine in clinics

  3. As WHO declared it is pandemic and spread of covid 19 And causality more than 1 lakh across the globe. The seriousness and mortality of this disease is very high. Mode of transmission is of novel corona virus is thru air droplets and by default our dental treatment is completely dependent on high speed airotor machine. Dentist will have direct communication with blood saliva with the patient. The chance of spread of covid 19 is much faster is in this feild. Both state and central government should announce the special package for survival of private Dental Practiner. Otherwise it is very difficult to run their families. Regards Dr Dhulappa patil Hon general secretary of Indian Dental Association bidar karnataka.

  4. Good initiative at right time Dr,dentists depending on their clinic as only source of income can’t survive without filling,scaling procedures.Atleast now government should recognize our problems and educate public through media about the risks we have to undertake.

  5. It is high time Government thinks of us also otherwise in account to pay rent we might have to stop salaries to staff and dentistry will take more than 6 months to recover as this will be the worst hit sector and we might have to invest more do some changes to start our practice. Please we need 4 month no rent as provided to IT companies by government after they can work also.

  6. Yes.Dr.Gautam sharma..Yhis Covid 19 pandemic will hit yhe dental profession the hardest..Thanks for the initiative.

  7. Very well said Dr…..our clinic rent should atleast be taken care of …it’s a huge amount to pay without earning a single penny and still supporting the nation 🙏

  8. Dr Gautam you have put forth a genuine demand to which every unemployed dental surgeon stands with .I would like to add that not only relaxation in rents & bank loans but also provide some stipend on monthly basis to all unemployed dental surgeons just like U.S.A for the sustainence & support of our families in these crucial times.

  9. Govt should available for us rapid testing kit.
    Extra oral Suction and hepafilter should be tax free to us
    Disinfectant and sanitizing chemical easily availabe, respirator and surgical gown availability.

  10. I totally agree with Doctor ,he has put a very valid point Govt should take this into consideration

  11. Well its a matter of deep thought . As said by dr.sharma, dentistry wont remain the same as earlier. And its not that people dont have any dental problems…but risking our lives so much n others doesnt make sense at this point of time when pandemic has hit the world..so i also take side wd dr.sharma that gov should think about us n our needs. We pay huge amount of rent and salaries in our practice..

  12. thank you sir,for voicing out the practicle problem faced by dentists in this crisis..
    wishing central government to take expected steps…to aid the private practioners.

  13. Well said dr Guatam Sharma it is necessary for the IDA N FDI n state dental councils TO COME FORTH TO look at the unemployed dental surgeons n provide them the means of sustenance in this tough time

  14. In India there is no body to take care of dentist.
    Even the dental association r hijacked by mafia .who don’t take care of its community.
    If a particular community or family which h internal feuds can’t grow .

  15. Open clinics don’t expect much . Practically it’s not going to end in year time .wear ppe, use extra oral suction. Fumigate clinics.we have to work I don’t know other way out.

  16. We need to put forward this issue through proper channel….more extensively n aggressively..
    Dr. Swapnil Madakari

  17. Dentistry will take some more months to recover than other professions….n even then initially we’ll have to be more cautious to control the spread of Covid- 19 by incorporating more sterilization, PPEs, attending only emergency patients.
    There will be less number of patients n more expenditure per patient. I m worried, how it’s going to work.
    As Dr.Sharma said, if government could take some measures to financially support this dental fraternity, would be definitely appreciated.

  18. Dr gautam…you are the voice of lakhs of dentist’s in india.pls bring it to the govt notice of the situation we dentist’s are in now.govt shud definitely come up with some relief package for us.hoping for some good news.rent waiver cud be of great help.

  19. This is a must step and a need of the hour as it will affect the families of many Dentist in common and their staff on whole which solely depend on dental clinic to be operational.Infact Government shud fix decent amount as to support private practioner and their staff.Or It will a decent and major recession in Dental field.We all should sign a Appeal to Central Government to take appropriate step towards support the dentist cause.

  20. Thanks so much Dr Sharma for initiating this move. Careers and earnings of Dental Surgeons will be affected due to this pandemic as in most probability it will be very risky to our life, the dental staff alongwith patients who could get contaminated through our clinics, until a vaccination is available. In these tough times I would definitely expect the government to look into our problems and plan a financial backing to us.
    Hoping for a helpful response👍

  21. Very nice dr. Good some one took dis initiative. Thanks for tht. Like u said, local ida branches shuld take it forward and ida shuld officially present it to the govt. . Least atleast the PPE and other accessories and any new euipments for this purpose should be given at discounted rates.

  22. I feel out of all the professions dentistry and dentist are going to suffer the Most.. we were the first to shut and probably will be the last to start. Also once we start.. our practice will change completely in terms of precautionary measures and Cost regarding the same. If government can help us in any form it would be truly helpful.
    Hoping for some good initiative!

  23. I also completely agree with Dr.Gaitam as Dentists are at highest risk while treating patients and its not practically possible to wear ppe whlie doing all patients and fumigate dental clinic after every case.Government should come forward to support privately practicing dentists.

  24. Well, at this critical time every dental surgeon/technician should collectively raise this issue and support to Dr Gautam for taking this issue in the notice of the government’s as without any regular monthly incentive the life of this community will never survive and depend members will come on road at the mercy of the passersby. Since already these community
    Feel ignored since decades and now this covid 19 has left them no where for unlimited period. Please register ur genuine cause for survival as it is proper time. As your involvement is directly and u are neither secured nor still have the option to start clinical practice without prescribed vaccines. There is no nearby hope for jobs to thousands unemployed surgeons.
    All the best for unity and struggle.
    Yours
    Well wishers

  25. Rightly said dr gautam..economic package for min 3months after lockdown free ppe..tax free extra oral suction..fumigation machine.

  26. Good initiative Sir, it will be very much helpful for the Dentist who are solely dependent upon private dental practice.

  27. Definately, also, consider giving private dentists a small striped each month for the next 3 months to support their expenses please. Members of all other welfare boards and daily wage workers and some states like Tamil Nadu have been giving cash in hand / direct deposit in bank accounts to all their members / citizens for example.

  28. Definately, also, consider giving private dentists a small stipend each month from either the state and/ or central government, or Both, for the next 3 months to support their family expenses please. Members of all other welfare boards and daily wage workers and some states like Tamil Nadu have been giving cash in hand / direct deposit in bank accounts to all their members / citizens for example.

  29. Thanks for this initiative… i really appreciate this effort of yours.. we r all with standing together in this cricial time

  30. much needed initiative…we pay tax,so govt.should support us in our worst time.
    we all dentists should stay United…
    thank you Dr.Gautam👍👍

  31. Very rational.and the govt.should think to help dental surgeons in one or other ways,other wise any attempt to practice by a dentist for mere survival can turn disastrous.

  32. Dear friends,
    There are 277387 (2.77 lacs) registered dentist in india.
    Package @30000/- p.m = 832crores p.m
    For 3 months = 2500crores approx.
    Awaiting any relief package from govt. Central /state is just an illusion.
    I’m an endodontist from Delhi, I’m with all my dentist fraternity.
    I’m not making any pessimistic opinion, but a big
    Bitter reality. I’m sorry to those who don’t agree.
    Rather than awaiting stimulus package from govt., IDA should work on how to Fight with this ADVERSITY.
    Possible way out. Rather than being lost in a perplexed situation. We all need to think deeply what can be done.
    May be we can get some solution.
    Else DOOMS day is already out.

  33. Thankyou Dr. Sharma for taking this initiative. We should put forward this issue for benefit of all dental practitioners.

  34. I support Dr. Sharma.
    He is completely true that we dentists r much much affected by Covid-19 and really not sure to start clinic immediately after Lockdown will be lifted as it’s very risky for us to get infected

  35. I really appreciate dr sharia for trying to help the private dental practitioners in India
    Our dental fraternity really needs people like you

  36. Very aptly put by Dr Sharma. The central government should come out with a complete package for the private practioners to tide over the difficult situation.

  37. Yes, govt should help dental surgeons as we have to work in mouth and very easy to get infected.

  38. Govt should subsidize the new required armamentarium for dentist’s like air filter, heppa filters, extra oral aerosol suction devices etc. So that we can start safe practice.

  39. Thanks so much for initiating this move. Careers and earnings of Dental Surgeons will be affected due to this pandemic as in most probability it will be very risky to our life, the dental staff alongwith patients who could get contaminated through our clinics, until a vaccination is available.
    In these tough times I would definitely expect the government to look into our problems and plan a financial backing to us.
    Hoping for a helpful response otherwise we need to seek parental help to cope up such COVID DRAUGHT IN DENTAL PRACTICE

  40. True indeed.. pvt practitioners including owners as well as associates both are hit badly.. since we all know the miserable state of dentistry in india and how associate dentists are underpaid and even some aint getting any payment during this period of lockdown.. govt must take some action as even after resuming of clinical practise post lockdown overall rate of contamination and expenses both will be high for dentists.

  41. Even the PPE kit should be provided to dentists to work as we r at the highest risk to covid 19. Clinic Rents should be waived off for at least 2-3 months more.

  42. Even the PPE kit should be provided to dentists to work as we r at the highest risk to covid 19. Clinic Rents should be waived off for at least 2-3 months more.

  43. Govt. Should equip all private clinics with PPE kits n cv compulsory free periodic sanitisation of the clinic primises n operatory .

  44. Thank you for the initiative move .govt shd subsided the equipments related to disinfect the clinics and PPE and then everybody shd follow the strict guidelines for infection control measures .

  45. Thanks so much Dr Sharma for initiating this move. Am state president of telangana dentists association dr priyanka marthineni Careers and earnings of Dental Surgeons which are already struggling will be sent in to dome due to this pandemic as in most probability it will be very risky to our life, the dental staff alongwith patients who could get contaminated through our clinics will become hot spots for spreading virus until a vaccination is available. In these tough times I would definitely expect the government to look into our problems and plan a financial backing to us.
    Hoping for a helpful response👍

  46. PRIVATE DENTAL PRACTITIONERS ARE WORST HIT BY COVID-19 CRISIS AS THEIR CLINICS ARE UNLIKELY TO OPEN EVEN 2-3 MONTHS AFTER THE LOCKDOWN IS LIFTED. WE SHOULD TAKE THE DEMAND OF AN ECONOMIC PACKAGE FORWARD THROUGH OUR LOCAL / STATE IDA BRANCH, BECAUSE CENTRAL GOVT.MUST UNDERSTAND THE PECULIARITY OF THIS PROBLEM AS WE HAVE TO WORK IN ORAL CAVITY OF THE PATIENT AND NASOPHARYNGEAL SECRETIONS AND SALIVA OF INFECTED PATIENT ARE THE MAIN CAUSE OF SPREAD OF COVID-19.

    Regards
    Dr.Gautam Sharma
    Ex-President
    IDA, Jammu.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218823119942425&id=1033927513

    1. Very rational.and the govt.should think to help dental surgeons in one or other ways,other wise any attempt to practice by a dentist for mere survival can turn disastrous.

  47. Indian dental council and dci should work together to save dentists or there will be none after some years

  48. Thank you Dr Sharma for raising this issue… It should be done on priority… Coz there is no point risking our lives n other’s too…
    Hope Government of India understands…
    Doctors generally don’t ask for any packages anytime… But this case is different n specific to dentists… Hope Government will do something…

    1. Yes Dr Sharma, you are absolutely right . I hope like how health ministry is thinking about everybody else I hope they will think about our good will and think about some economic package for us also…

  49. Thank you Sir for being our voice!
    Hope we practitioners get some relief from th central government!

  50. Very practical move Dr Sharma . Really it is very strange to manage every routine for private Dental practitioners .I am always with you.

  51. Yes Dr Sharma, you are absolutely right . I hope like how health ministry is thinking about everybody else I hope they will think about our good will and think about some economic package for us also…

  52. Well said Dr. N the other concern is the armamentarium for working too… If we start practicing we need to follow complete barrier techniques. We require PPE kits proper face masks n face shields for all the people working in dental clinic. The cost will be again a question ….kindly see what can be done n suggest everyone..

  53. Very well put forth Dr Sharma 👏
    I read mssgs by many state dental council bearers in this thread; they mst take up this with their representatives in IDA so that this is taken fwd in a composite way n on urgent basis!
    Demand shud b rent waive off n cash compensation as well as loan intrest deferment!

  54. This is really need to hour at the moment. That’s very true that all others will be able to resume to their work except us, dentist….and no bill waits for us. We need to bring attention of central authorities to help us in this regard. Dentists are going to be much at risk then medical professionals. At present PPE kits are falling short or not reaching the doctors who are handling the patients with masks on, how then we think of getting them for us when we have to work with mouth open and aerosols…so how to work. Financially we are crunch in all ways.

  55. This is a serious issue for all over the country for every practicing dental surgeon. It’s a sincere request to the government to help every dentist a minimum relief fund in this hour of our crisis.

  56. I agree and appreciate the effort taken by you to draw rhe attention towards the impact of corona on dentistry,

  57. In a way the Dental practitioners are daily wage workers. It is high time that the government look into our predicament and do the needful.

  58. Absolutely right sir, even if we try to treat patients using ppe kit, that’s also a disposable thing on an average we deal approx 10-15 patients a day how many ppe se have to purchase that is not practically possible ,in my knowledge a ppe kit costs around 1000-1500 . How are we going to manage that. If a certain amount is not possible than Govt. Should provide ppe kit and fumigation materials so that we can work in a disinfected place .and can save spread of covid -19 .If we sit at homes waiting for the pandemic to over that will be a huge loss in terms of income and patients because we are aware of the seriousness of the situation but the quacks sitting around us don’t feel the same

  59. I first of all thank you dear doctor for raising your voice against this and infact i was waiting for a person like you to come out openly n bring it to govt’s notice.. State or central govt should take the sacrifice very seriously which all the dentists across the state n country have made.. They should provide a nominal economic package to all dentists who have sacrificed for public’s well being and of course us too.. They should announce NO CLINIC RENT, NO HOUSE RENT WHERE THEY LIVE AND ASLO THEY SHOULD DEPOSIT AROUND 30K TO 40K FOR THEIR FAMILY EXPENSES..
    I KINDLY REQUEST YOU DEAR DOCTOR NOT TO LEAVE THIS ISSUE OFF HERE ITSELF BUT TO BRING IT TO EVERY STATE’S CHIEF MINISTER AND PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA.. I ALSO REQUEST OUR HONORABLE KARNATAKA STATE DENTAL COUNCIL AND INDIA DENTAL COUNCIL TO LOOK INTO THIS ISSUE VERY VERY SERIOUSLY AS WE ALL BELONG TO ONE FAMILY OF THIS PROFESSION..
    HOPE TO SEE THE RESULTS SOON BY GOD’S GRACE AND OUR TEAM EFFORTS..

  60. Obviously we need it, I mailed the pmo office for it, no one answered, I mailed the official, she din bother, anyways they’ll get their pay u see, we get nothing as always, paying taxes, rents, no jobs, peoe hardly value our services. I hope something is done, not hoping against hope I guess

  61. Totally agree with you. We definitely requires some sort of relief. Expense are same and income comes to zero.

  62. This is absolutely essential. The government must take care of dentists – if they don’t than it will be such a shame that despite having the best PM in the world , an extremely important section has been ignored

  63. https://youtu.be/qf55VGAZaSY

    Forward this link of online Press briefing to each and every dentist and in every group so that it will reach IDA head office, DCI and central government, so that they come to know about the real issues the private practicing dentists are facing.

    Many dental clinics may close if economic package is not provided.

    Dr.Gautam Sharma
    Ex-President
    IDA Jammu.

  64. We had to shut our clinics from the 15th of March… I don’t think ,we will be able to open our clinic even for the next two months.(10th June)
    Not all come in the brackets of high income group…
    We have rents, Bills ,salaries and EMI to pay
    When we open we will have other things that need to be incorporated in our practice like PPE and PPE for our health workers double sterilization and fumigation in the clinic and many new armamentarium…
    These additional cost also we will have to be there…
    Please give the Dental Doctors some relief…

  65. Absolutely right …NEED of the hour .
    If we have these extra costs to bear with no income …as Dental treatment is always last on priority list for the patients…..and atleast for next 2-3 months we shall be doing only minimal non invasive procedures….so again hardly any income generation but additional costs to be incurred for sterilization protocol required.
    It will take a long time for the Dentists to really start generating income even to meet their basic expenses forget about the profit.
    Very good initiative taken….absolutely the need of the hour.

  66. Its a very good initiative by Dr sharma.. Fhe government should definitely give a sincere thought about it.

  67. Really dentist professionals are worst hit during this gloomy time,central government should come forward with financial support the affected to people as we are simply paying rent,water bill,salaries of clinic working staff,bescom Bill’s and the list is endless without any practice,govt should look into the matter seriously and come out with best remuneration packages for the Survival of the dentist.

  68. Thank you Dr. Sharma for taking such an initiative. Dental profession is worst effected during this covid 19 situation. We have clinic and house rents to pay. Apart from that we have electricity bills, staffs salary, household expenditures etc. Its getting difficult for us day by day. Government has to come up with a solution for the dental practitioners.

  69. Right sir….we need to stand up for our survival sir…. Hope the efforts you have made are not in vain…..

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