Over 1.6 lakh doctors, nurses and other health workers who are risking their lives working on the frontline in Telangana government took a drastic step on Monday which came as a jolt for KCR and team.
Demanding the government to issue a GO on the ex-gratia and insurance to the health workers, Medical Joint Action Committee (MJAC) passed a two-day ultimatum to the government.
Warning the government over dire consequences, the committee which has nearly 52 medical bodies demanded the officials to lay out a proper plan of action to safeguard the lives of healthcare workers. The demands also include providing quarantine leaves, treatment facilities and designated ex-gratia.
The MJAC also demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore for their colleagues who died in the line of duty and also insurance policy. This demand came in the wake of 35-year-old Dr G Naresh, District Medical Health Officer of Kothagudem Bhadradri district, succumbing due to coronavirus on August 7.
“Six months on, there is still no clarity on where an infected ANM, paramedic or lab technician has to go for treatment. We demand the government to issue a GO which impels hospitals to provide free treatment to healthcare workers,” said Dr B Ramesh, Medical JAC Chairman. They are also demanding a foolproof policy on compensation for the deceased healthcare workers.
The protesting doctors also demanded a change in the quarantine leave policy. As part of this, a seven-day break should be given after seven days of duty to ensure anyone infected could be detected at the earliest without infecting others.
As the part of protests, the committee decided to hold a candlelight rally in solidarity with their colleagues who succumbed in the line of duty.