Perform Covid duties or face music, rural docs informed

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25

Acting robust on rural medical doctors refusing to carry out Covid duties, the Punjab Government has threatened to provoke disciplinary motion in opposition to these not complying with its orders.

Phishing assault alert

The Punjab Police on Saturday cautioned in opposition to a phishing assault whereby faux messages assuring Rs2,000 as Covid-19 reduction bundle from the federal government are being despatched to folks to steal their knowledge. The warning was issued by the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre of the Punjab Police State Cyber Crime Cell.

The providers of rural medical officers, working underneath the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, have been positioned underneath the Health Department. However, alleging discrimination, a few of them have refused to carry out Covid-19 duties. The authorities has now warned that failure to observe the orders of civil surgeons will invite disciplinary proceedings.

In a letter to deputy commissioners, Anurag Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, stated that underneath the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, (Covid-19, rules 2020), the Government of Punjab had issued instructions to rural medical officers to work underneath civil surgeons until additional orders. But some civil surgeons had informed the authorities that not all rural medical officers had been reporting to them. The letter stated the DCs should make sure that all rural medical doctors carried out the duties assigned to them for “containment and management of Covid-19” and that explanations could also be sought from these not following the orders.

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