New Delhi: Amid rising incidents of harassment of doctors and medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday directed Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava to take action in such cases. Also Read - Forceful Eviction of COVID-19 Treating Doctors: AIIMS Writes to HM Shah Against Landlords
The development came just hours after the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wrote to the Home Minister seeking action against landlords for forcefully evicting doctors and medical professionals treating coronavirus cases. Also Read - 'Alarming How Neighbours Are Ostracising Crew Who Went Abroad,' Writes Air India
In a statement, the RDA, AIIMS said, “The Home Minister called us personally and and assured that any such issue of ostracisation will be taken seriously and action will be taken immediately.”
Earlier, the RDA had written to Shah, apprising him of the issue and seeking an order, ‘as early as possible,’ to stop such incidents from taking place. It had also urged him to arrange for proper transport facilities for the doctors and medical professionals, who, the RDA in its letter stated, were facing transportation issues due to lockdown of public transport across the country in a bid to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, too, had taken cognisance of the issue and condemned ostracisation of the doctors.
Notably, in recent days, airlines like Air India and IndiGo, too, have complained that their employees are being ostracised by their neighbours due to fears over coronavirus.
Incidentally, on Sunday, on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire nation had applauded all those fighting to keep the country safe from the coronavirus pandemic.