Doing frontline duties, rural doctors protest against ‘bias’ - ECAS Punjab

Doing frontline duties, rural doctors protest against ‘bias’

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today said the alleged mistreatment of rural pharmacists and doctors by health officials was unacceptable and he had taken it up with the Health Minister.

There are total 1,183 posts of doctors and pharmacists under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats. These doctors are called Rural Medical Officers (RMOs). After the Covid-19 outbreak, the services of these doctors and pharmacists were placed at the disposal of the Health Department.

However, the RMOs and pharmacists had been alleging that they were being mistreated by health officials. They claimed that they were being sent for quarantine centre duties, flu corners and sample collection of infected patients without any protective gear.

Dr JP Narula, president, Rural Medical Services Association, Punjab, alleged that the entire rural health cadre had been pushed into Covid-related work like conducting postmortems, quarantine ward duties, testing, etc.

Claiming he had received many complaints, Tript Bajwa said he had spoken to Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu about the matter. He said he had instructed the secretary of the department to write a letter to the Principal Secretary, Health also.

from The Tribune

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