April 2020 News

'Action To Be Taken Against Doctors, Paramedics If They 'Publically Criticize The Admin': Govt.

2 April 2020
Kashmir News Service
Irfan A Mir

Srinagar: After raised concerns by doctors and paramedics in government run hospitals in J&K about lack of proper and adequate personal protection gear while combating Covid-19, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) on Thursday warned such Government servants who publically criticize the efforts of administration to combat the pandemic of Covid-19 and termed the attitude against the service conduct rules. According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), DHSK in a circular stated, 'It has been observed that some of the Government servants are publically criticizing the efforts of the administration to combat the Pandemic of Covid-19, which is against the service conduct rules'. It said, 'There can be difference of opinion or some minor issues, which the government employees can bring into the notice of concerned authorities so that the issue is redressed instead of putting that issue in social media, print and electronic media which is causing more harm than good to the public and administration in combating Covid-19'. While issuing stern message DHSK further stated, 'Hence forth strict action will be initiated against such elements who resort to such uncalled for reporting to media. Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860)'. Meanwhile doctors and paramedics in government run hospitals across J&K recently had raised concerns about the lack of proper and adequate personnel protection gears and safety equipments like N95 masks, PVC coated gowns and goggles. A doctor works in leading health centre in Valley, wished not to be named, told KNS that we are ready to cooperate with administration while combating deadly Corona Virus. 'We are not hesitating to put our services at the disposal of patients but administration at the same time should ensure protection gear for doctors and other paramedical staff who are risking their lives at this juncture for the safety of nation', he said. He also said, 'Though government is claiming tall about the measures taken for containing Covid-19 but situation is not that which is being portrayed'. Another doctor who is attached with quarantine centre nowadays told KNS that like he, hundreds of doctors and other paramedical staff have risked their lives while dealing day and night with suspected patients. Government should ensure safety of all health workers from sweeper to doctor who have been pressed into service without giving them adequate personnel protection gear and safety equipments. 'We don't know who is positive but we are treating bulk of patients in quarantine centers. Without protection gear there are maximum chances of transmission of virus to others. Government should ensure the safety of health workers who have put their lives into risk', he said. He mentioned the facilities provided by the government to deal with Covid-19 pandemic are not up to mark. 'Besides wellbeing of people, imperative measures are also needed for the safety of health workers across so that threat will be defeated vigorously', he said. Notably Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday shot a letter to Lieutenant Governor's Advisor BasserAhmad Khan and raked up issues related to lack of facilities in government run hospitals including 'proper and adequate personnel protection gear especially N95 Masks, PVC coated gowns, goggles and other necessary equipments'.