Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 8 (IANS) The Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA), a powerful body representing government medical doctors in the state, has written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over repeated incidents of assault on doctors while on duty.In a memorandum presented to Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday, the medical organisation told him that doctors are being attacked frequently who are working tirelessly and interacting with the patients. The KGMOA demanded immediate arrest of those who attack doctors on duty.The recent provocation for this petition was the attack on Malu Murali, a woman doctor at the Government Fort Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, by two persons on Friday morning. The doctor was on duty when she was attacked by two persons -- Rasheed of Karimadom and Rafeeq of Vallakadavu.Malu Murali told IANS, "Two persons had arrived at the hospital late evening and jumped the queue while asking for medical help. When I asked the reason for the injury, they got provoked and used derogatory language. The duo twisted my arm as well as kicked and assaulted me. I fell down and they tried to disrobe me even without thinking that I am a woman."She said, "They were under the influence of drugs. I am sure that it was not alcohol. There was no smell of alcohol and they were not sluggish, instead their energy level was high giving indications that they had taken some drugs. It was a harrowing experience and my body is still in pain. The security staff who tried to save me was also attacked. It was a frightening experience."The woman doctor underwent treatment at the Thiruvananthapuram General hospital and is now back on duty.The police have arrested two persons with criminal records -- Rafeeq (38) of Vallakadavu and Rasheed (42) of Karimadom colony and both have been remanded to judicial custody.The KGMOA in its petition demanded that the criminals who assault the doctors filed a counter case that the doctor had attacked them.The doctors' body said if such a case comes up, a panel has to be formed and an inquiry conducted before initiating a case against the doctor concerned. The Government Doctors Association said in such cases a police official not below the rank of Superintendent of Police should look after the investigation.The KGMOA is angry that the attack against doctors in the state has been a recurring phenomenon. Last Monday evening a doctor at Parasalla Government Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram was attacked by four persons in an inebriated condition.Sanoj, a doctor who was on night duty, was assaulted by four persons last Monday causing injury to him. Unnikrishnan, Superintendent, Parassala Government hospital, speaking to IANS said, "Sanoj, who was on night duty on Monday was brutally attacked and he suffered injuries. We had to resort to a lightning strike to bring the culprits to senses. This cannot happen always and if the police and government don't take stringent action, situation will go out of hand as doctors are working 24/7 without rest and it is really unfortunate that we have to bear the assault of criminals."The KGMOA has demanded to set up a police aid post at all government hospitals for the doctors to work in a secure atmosphere.The Thiruvananthapuram District Collector, Navjhot Khosa has already announced that the district administration would sanction CCTV cameras at Government Fort hospital, Thiruvananthapuram, using the National Health Mission (NHM) funds. Setting up of CCTV cameras in all hospitals has been another major demand from the doctors' organisation.--IANSaal/khz
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Bengaluru, Aug 4 (IANS) The number of micro containment zones in Bengaluru rose to 141 due to the spread of Covid-19, signalling an alarming situation in Karnataka. There were less than 100 micro containment zones till last week.The authorities have taken stringent measures of sealing down residences and apartment complexes in these areas. The spread of infection is more in Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli and West divisions of Bengaluru. Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli zones house several software parks, including International Tech Park (ITPB) and houses the IT crowd.Begur, Hagadur wards have reported more than 8 cases. According to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Begur (10), Hagadur (8), RR Nagar (8), Basavapura (7), Hoodi (6), Kadugodi (6), Sanjaynagar (5) and KR Puram (5) areas have been given special attention to contain the Covid spread.Bengaluru logged 477 new Covid cases on Tuesday taking the number of confirmed cases to 12,28,515.A total of 154 were discharged from the hospitals and so far 12,03,636 Covid patients returned home after being discharged in Bengaluru.Seven deaths were reported from Bengaluru taking the death toll to 15,892. There are 8,986 active cases in the city, according to the health bulletin.Chief Health officer Vijendra explained that 1,736 persons travelling from Kerala and Maharashtra were tested for Covid in Bengaluru on Tuesday and no positive case was found.The tests were conducted at all major entry points to the city. Few of them have been quarantined in government facilities and after observation, further action will be taken, he stated.Meanwhile, the BBMP along with the police department have enforced stringent restrictions on movement in Bengaluru from Tuesday night onwards. Though night curfew has been in place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., it was not followed strictly. People were allowed to move freely.BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has already issued warnings on initiation of legal action on those who wander in the nights.Teams comprising both police and BBMP have been formed to ensure strict implementation of Covid guidelines in malls, marketplaces and crowded areas.Wherever there are violations, these teams have been directed to reach and take action.Those who travel to the airport and railway stations late in the night must furnish the related documents. Buses, autos and other vehicle movements are allowed, authorities said.--IANSmka/dpb
Bengaluru, Aug 2 (IANS) Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Administrator Rakesh Singh said on Monday that to effectively control the spread of Covid-19, the BBMP officials must work in coordination with the police in order to raise awareness among people on the need to follow Covid rules in the city.If citizens are found flouting the rules, even after raising awareness, they must be penalised and cases must be filed against them, he said.He was speaking at the coordination meeting held between BBMP and the police department regarding the enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour in the city.He said that appropriate measures should be taken to control the virus at the zonal level. Measures must be taken to contain the Covid virus at the grassroots level, he noted.BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said strict measures need to be taken to control the Covid spread in the city. He also instructed the authorities to penalise and file cases against those flouting rules.Noting that a large number of migrants from Kerala and Maharashtra are coming to the city, the Chief Commissioner said separate teams have been deployed at major bus stops and railway stations in this regard.Migrants from both states must submit the RT-PCR negative report obtained within 72 hours. If the RT-PCR test is not submitted, the health care team will collect swabs for tests and the travellers will remain in institutional quarantine until the report is received. He also said that mandatory checks must be conducted on people arriving at airports and check-posts.He stressed the need to follow the night curfew in the city which is from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Police cooperation is key to ensure night curfew is followed properly, he added.Officials must ensure that Covid rules are followed in crowded areas like markets, malls, temples, hotels and restaurants. A team of BBMP officials should work in tandem with police personnel to ensure rules are followed and in case of rules being flouted, a fine must be imposed, the Chief Commissioner instructed. Strict measures must be taken at the zonal level to contain Covid. Awareness regarding following Covid norms must be raised through loudspeakers, he said.BBMP has been taking several of precautionary measures such as physical triage, contact tracing, isolation, and areas with three or more cases are made containment zones to stop the spread of Covid, Gupta said.Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that there is good coordination between the BBMP officials and the police staff and added that the police department will cooperate in every way possible. Cases will be filed against those who are not following Covid rules, he said.--IANSmka/pgh
New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The Research for Resurgence Foundation (RFRF), an RSS-backed academic research organisation, has recommended mapping of industrial sector activities to protect the livelihoods of workers in the wake of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.The report titled 'Covid-19 Third Wave and Beyond: Action Plan for Preparedness' was submitted to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and the Group of Ministers (GoM) for Covid. Nagpur-based RFRF is the academic research wing of RSS' Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal. The Director General of RFRF, Rajesh Biniwale, said, "Steps should be taken to ensure the livelihoods of the workers in the unorganised sectors during the possible third wave of the pandemic."Biniwale said that the RFRF has also recommended that an awareness programme for reducing mass migration of labourers may be prepared by the local administrations along with the concerned industries."Mix of strategies of continued activity with Covid protocols and financial support may be adopted. The RFRF also suggested that the tax benefits should be extended to the industries so as to support the economy of the workers," Biniwale said.Mukul Kanitakar, national organising secretary, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, said that recommendations on 11 different aspects such as health, vaccination, AYUSH integration, predictive modelling, economic issues, sustainability aspects and possible safety through disinfection devices have been included in the report.Kanitakar stated that the report has been prepared by an independent think-tank. "The report is being disseminated among the policy makers, academicians and other stakeholders for its possible effective implementation," he said.For improving the response to health challenges, the report recommended early identification and notification of post-Covid health complications, updating epidemiology based on prevailing data on age, sex, socio-economic patterns etc."Integration of AYUSH with allopathy treatment must be done for improved immunity and post-Covid health management/recovery. Research activities to be supported on priority for medical equipment and devices by creating safe zones by deactivating the virus in ambient/surfaces, comfortable PPEs, safe handling of medical waste (such as used masks) generated in every household, creation of more laboratories for sequencing of RNA, rapid and alternative testing methods ect," the report recommended.For the education sector, the report recommended that different strategies for online/offline classes for primary, secondary and higher education may be prepared. "Use of mass communication media such as TV channels should be promoted for primary and secondary education. For higher education, guideline documents suggesting possibilities of online courses may be prepared by the UGC and the AICTE," the report recommended.--IANSssb/arm
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday stepped-in as counsels for yoga guru Ramdev and doctors' body had heated argument, on former's plea seeking a stay on proceedings in connection with multiple FIRs lodged over his alleged remarks against the use of allopathic medicines during the COVID pandemic.A bench comprising Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy noted that the court had received material connected with the case at around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. "We got bulky files having copies of statements and videos", said the bench.The apex court was scheduled to examine on Monday, the original records of Ramdev's statement on the use of allopathic medicine following his plea to stay investigation and transfer the cases against him to Delhi.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Ramdev, requested the bench to hear the matter on Friday. Senior advocate Rajiv Dutta, appearing for Delhi Medical Association (DMA), which has filed an impleadment application in the matter submitted that his client has created a chart citing all statements made by Ramdev. DMA has called Ramdev a "businessman" clad as a "yoga guru" and claimed that he does not have any degree or license to practice Ayurveda and prescribe medicines.The bench said: "we are not doing anything. We are posting it for next week." Senior advocate P.S. Patwalia, representing the Indian Medical Association and one of the respondents in the matter, submitted that his client has also filed all extracts of Ramdev's statement in its application.At this juncture of the hearing, Rohatgi opposed the application, and said, "They have no role in filing all this". Dutta rebutted, "Don't say, we have no role. What you are stating (in the petition) is all false". The bench intervened, "Don't quarrel". The bench said it may take up the matter on July 12.Ramdev alleged that the IMA has unleashed barrage of cases, civil and criminal, against him via its different chapters in the country.On June 30, Rohatgi had submitted that FIRs have been filed in different parts of the country against his client, and urged the court to club these FIRs, and have a single case in Delhi. He added that his client had launched Coronil for Covid last year, and all the doctors went against him.The bench had asked Rohatgi, "what is the original thing that you spoke?" He had responded, "I will file original video and transcript". After hearing arguments, the top court had scheduled the matter for further hearing on July 12.In the plea, Ramdev sought transfer of FIRs lodged by IMA in Patna and Raipur to Delhi. He has been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to transmit infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC and other provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.The voluntary body of doctors accused him of spreading false information in connection with the Allopathic treatment for Covid patients. On May 23, Ramdev had withdrawn his statements on Allopathic medicine after receiving a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who termed his remarks as "inappropriate".--IANSss/skp/
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