Inquiry ordered into Covid warrior’s suicide; Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia for household

Bengaluru, August 21

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday ordered an inquiry into the suicide of a authorities physician who was dealing with Covid circumstances in a taluk, allegedly as a result of extreme work stress.

He additionally introduced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh for the household of Nanjangud Taluk (Mysuru district) Health Officer SR Nagendra.

“Dr SR Nagendra said he was committing suicide as he was frustrated due to the harassment by his superiors. I will order a detailed inquiry into the matter to find out the truth behind the incident,” the Chief Minister advised reporters.

Yediyurappa expressed his sorrow over Dr Nagendra taking his personal life at his residence at Alanahalli in Mysuru district on Thursday morning.

“Generally Rs 30 lakh is given to the doctors who die in line of duty but considering this as a special case, Rs 50 lakh will be given (to his family) and I have also decided to give a government job to any one person of the family.”

Later, the Chief Minister stated the inquiry can be accomplished in seven days.

He stated that in addition to Rs 50 lakh, no matter is because of be given to the subsequent of the kin will probably be given expeditiously.

Meanwhile, an audio dialog purportedly between Nagendra and a senior district-level officer who’s heard taking him to process for not conducting sufficient exams, went viral.

“How many swabs have to be taken and how many are you extracting? Is it a joke? Have you come here to play? You are playing with the patients. For a week if you are conducting only 25 or 26 (COVID) tests (a day), then I will teach you a lesson. You were supposed to do 150 tests a day,” the officer is heard shouting at Dr Nagendra.

The state of affairs in Nanjangud was tense following protests over his loss of life.

Representing the medical fraternity on coronavirus responsibility in Mysuru, one other authorities physician Dr Ravindra poured the woes of medical professionals to the state Medical Education Minister Dr Ok Sudhakar, who’s in control of coronavirus administration in Karnataka.

“Look at the attendance register. Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus, Nagendra has not taken any leave. He was staying alone for six months because he was afraid that his family may get the coronavirus,” a teary-eyed Dr Ravindra advised Dr Sudhakar.

The Karnataka State Medical Doctors Association has threatened to go on a state-wide strike if these chargeable for Dr Nagendra’s loss of life should not suspended.

“We will go on state-wide strike from Monday if these chargeable for Dr Nagendra’s loss of life should not suspended.

Barring emergency circumstances, no circumstances will probably be taken up from Monday,” Dr Gulur Srinivas, president, KSMDA, advised PTI. PTI

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