A black doctor in the United States who complained about racism a few weeks ago died coronavirus. The victim, Dr. Susan Moore, had previously described how a white doctor ignored her descriptions of pain and discomfort and failed to provide adequate treatment to the sick woman.
Dr. Moore last breathed it on Saturday. The incident occurred just two weeks after the doctor shared a video of his experience at Indiana University Health North Hospital (IU North). In the video, Moore mentioned how a white doctor ignored his medication requests and concerns about pain due to the former being black.
The woman filmed herself claiming that the white doctor who treated her was ignoring her requests for remdesivir, the drug prescribed for coronavirus patients who had been hospitalized. The doctor not only refused to give her the drug, but also told her that he wasn’t comfortable giving her more narcotics because he felt she wasn’t even “out of breath”, despite the woman insisting that he was.
“It made me feel like I was a drug addict,” Moore said in the video, despite knowing she was a doctor herself. Moore also concluded that she was sure she wouldn’t be treated this way by the doctor if she was white.
According to a CNN report, IU North had released a statement defending the medical treatment that had been given to Moore before his death and also confirmed that she was indeed a patient at the institution. The statement, however, admitted that the administration could have dealt with the situation differently by being more humane and sensitive in treating the patient.
Dennis M. Murphy, the hospital’s president and chief executive, has requested an investigation into the matter.
While the survey results have yet to be revealed, Moore’s experience of racism in the health care system is far from being an isolated incident. In the United States, in fact, since the beginning of the pandemic there has been a growing trend of racism within the health sector, so much so that in October, experts declared racism a health concern at a time when COVID-19 the pandemic had made health care an essential service for the survival of the masses.
Addressing experiences like Moore’s has become a priority for a growing number of local governments, many of which respond to a pandemic that has amplified racial disparities and demands for racial justice following the police killing of George Floyd and others. black Americans. Since last year, about 70 cities, about three dozen counties and three states have declared racism a public health crisis, according to the American Public Health Association.
(With inputs from AP)