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Covid duty at pvt hospitals irks rural docs

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Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5

Rural medical officers (RMOs) have alleged discrimination by the Health Department in the assigning Covid-19 duties. Four RMOs from Ludhiana have been assigned duties at a private hospital, even as they were working at government hospitals.

Since the Covid outbreak, RMOs have been alleging discrimination in assigning duties by the Health Department. In the fresh roster issued by the Ludhiana Civil Surgeon’s office, four RMOs have been assigned dutes at the emergency ward of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. They have been asked to collect information related to Covid-positive patients and revert to the Civil Surgeon’s office.

“We were assigned duties at government hospitals. Our only request was to allow us to open rural dispensaries as well by giving us some break in between so that the rural population is not ignored. The RMOs have been assigned duties at private hospitals, which is uncalled for,” said Dr JP Narula, state president, Rural Medical Services Association, Punjab.

Civil Surgeon Rajesh Bagga said, “The decision has been taken after consultation with the DC. The duties can be assigned anywhere. The roster will be changed after a week. Nobody will be burdened.”

from The Tribune

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