Perform Covid duties or face music, rural docs told - ECAS Punjab

Perform Covid duties or face music, rural docs told

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25

Acting tough on rural doctors refusing to perform Covid duties, the Punjab Government has threatened to initiate disciplinary action against those not complying with its orders.

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The Punjab Police on Saturday cautioned against a phishing attack wherein fake messages assuring Rs2,000 as Covid-19 relief package from the government are being sent to people to steal their data. The warning was issued by the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre of the Punjab Police State Cyber Crime Cell.

The services of rural medical officers, working under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, have been placed under the Health Department. However, alleging discrimination, some of them have refused to perform Covid-19 duties. The government has now warned that failure to follow the orders of civil surgeons will invite disciplinary proceedings.

In a letter to deputy commissioners, Anurag Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said that under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, (Covid-19, regulations 2020), the Government of Punjab had issued directions to rural medical officers to work under civil surgeons till further orders. But some civil surgeons had told the authorities that not all rural medical officers were reporting to them. The letter said the DCs must ensure that all rural doctors performed the duties assigned to them for "containment and management of Covid-19" and that explanations may be sought from those not following the orders.



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