COVID-19 AND CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE: CARE OF THE ELDERLY, ALLOCATION OF HEALTH CARE RESOURCES & ETHICS OF TREATMENT AND VACCINES

  • Francis Chittuparambil Carmelaram Theology College, Bangalore
Keywords: Allocation of Medical Resources, Care of the Aged, Covid-19 & Moral Issues, Ethical Principles, Ethical Committees, Good Samaritan, Vaccination against Covid

Abstract

The covid pandemic severely affected the health care system of all countries irrespective of the economic status, literacy rate or government power. As a result, a number of moral issues emerged like the care of the elderly and the persons with co-morbidities, the just allocation of the scarce medical resources and the morality of getting vaccinated and of some vaccines. The role of hospital ethical committees in the decision making process is crucial in such situations. The parable of Good Samaritan (Lk 10:30-37) is a guiding example in the safe moral handling of this emergency situation. Each health care personnel is called to be another Good Samaritan. The allocation of the scarce medical resources need to follow clear ethical guidelines and principles. This paper analyses these crucial issues, trying to present the available data, and then dealing the problem with the help of bioethical principles, proposing the ethical approaches to be undertaken and finally presenting our own observations and conclusions.

Author Biography

Francis Chittuparambil, Carmelaram Theology College, Bangalore

Francis Chittuparambil, OCD holds a doctorate in Moral Theology from Alphonsian Academy in Rome, with the dissertation entitled: “Human Body in Bioethics – Christian and Upanishadic Perspectives”. He was a permanent professor of Moral Theology in Teresianum, Rome (2006-2017) and a visiting professor in Urbanianum, Rome and other faculties in India & Africa. At present he is the Rector of Carmelaram Theology College, Bengaluru and teaches Moral Theology in several faculties in India. His special field of interest are Bioethics, Moral theology and Spirituality.

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Published
2022-01-01
How to Cite
Chittuparambil, F. (2022). COVID-19 AND CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE: CARE OF THE ELDERLY, ALLOCATION OF HEALTH CARE RESOURCES & ETHICS OF TREATMENT AND VACCINES. Asian Horizons, 19-31. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/3723