New Delhi, Mar 25 : At a time when India is fighting a battle against the dreaded novel Coronavirus, harried medical doctors and nurses were being forcibly evicted from their rented accommodation by their landlords.
The Resident Doctor’s Association (RDA) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday seeking action against the eviction of healthcare professionals from their homes and provision of transport facility. Mr Shah has taken cognizance of this request of the doctors and directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to take strict action against the landlords who are evicting doctors, nurses and patients undergoing treatment from rented houses. Ironically, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognised their stellar contribution in the fight against the pandemic on Tuesday night when he described them as as frontline COVID warriors. According to the letter, several doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers have been hounded by landlords and neighbours to vacate their rented accommodation on the grounds that they were more susceptible to COVID-19 infection.
This is not the first instance when healthcare workers have been targetted. Referring to the difficulties medical personnel were facing in reaching their hospitals due to the lock down, AIIMS RDA President Adarsh Pratap Singh in his letter requested Mr Shah to arrange for transport and direct the police to allow them smooth access to the hospital. So far, 562 confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus with 10 deaths reported in India. (UNI)