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Health employees not joining Covid duties to face action

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10

Alleged indiscipline by Health Department staff seems to have emerged as a new challenge for the authorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Acting tough against doctors and other employees who are not joining Covid duties, the Health Department has ordered action against them under the Epidemic Act, 1897.

In a communication sent to all civil surgeons, the Director, Health Services, has said that medical and paramedical employees deployed for level-2 Covid duties should be asked to join work by Saturday.

She said the list of employees not joining duties by Saturday should be compiled and sent to the Director by Monday morning. “So that action can be taken against them under the Epidemic Act, 1897,” she said.

As per the latest bulletin, Thursday proved to be worst day as the state reported 2,464 fresh cases and 88 deaths. With this, the total number of cases has reached 72,143 and with 88 fresh casualities, the number of deaths has reached 2,149. The recovery count stands at 51,906, while the number of active cases is 18,088.

SAS Nagar topped the chart with 307 cases, followed by Amritsar with 295 cases, Jalandhar 277, Bathinda 202, Pathankot 195, Gurdaspur 156, Patiala 144, Hoshiarpur 141 and Ludhiana 120.

As far as deaths are concerned, Amritsar was the worst hit with 16 deaths, followed by SAS Nagar (14), Ludhiana (11), Jalandhar (nine), Ferozepur (seven), Ropar (five), Kapurthala, Patiala and Moga (four each), Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdaspur (three each), Hoshiarpur and Sangrur (two each), Tarn Taran, Mansa, Muktsar and Faridkot (one each).

from The Tribune

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