Amritsar: Civil Surgeon urged to ensure safety of staff at vax centres

Demand raised after MC councillor ‘misbehaved’ with nurses

Amritsar: Civil Surgeon urged to ensure safety of staff at vax centres

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 27

The health employees at vaccination centres entrusted with the task of inoculating residents against Covid-19 have asked the higher-ups to ensure their safety during duty hours.

Amritsar district reports 2 positive cases, no death

Amritsar: With two positive cases, the district tally increased to 47,047 on Tuesday. The cases include one influenza-like illness case and one contact of a positive patient. The health authorities reported no death due to the disease on Tuesday. Meanwhile, with the recovery of five patients, the recovery count has increased to 45,420. The district at present has a total of 43 active cases. In the ongoing vaccination drive for Covid-19, a total of 1,212 residents were given the jab on Tuesday. Of these, 818 received the first dose of the vaccine, while 394 received the second dose. TNS

Tarn Taran reports one positive case, no death

No death due to the coronavirus was reported in the district on Tuesday though a person tested positive. The toll remains at 373 so far and the number of active cases has been reduced to six, of which three have been isolated at their respective homes. The Health Department teams collected 928 samples to be tested for the virus, while the report of 524 samples was still awaited from the laboratories. OC

The demand came up after the recent incident at Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), Yodhnagar, where an MC councillor allegedly misbehaved with the nurses on duty.

The health employees said local political leaders often interfere in the vaccination drive and ask them to vaccinate their supporters out of turn.

“On the day of the incident, the councillor had reached the UPHC with a few persons and asked the employees to give injections to them on a priority. When the employees expressed their helpless as the said persons were not even registered, the councillor misbehaved with the female employees and used derogatory words,” said Ashok Sharma, a Health Department employees’ leader.

Employees’ leaders Tripta Sharma, Amandeep Kaur, Kuljinder Kaur and others who submitted a letter with the Civil Surgeon’s office in this regard said they have demanded from the higher-ups to lodge a police case, so that action could be taken against those who disrupted a public service and misbehaved with the public servants. They said in case no action is taken against the accused, they would be forced to boycott their duties.

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