The Centre has asked states to ensure uninterrupted movement of doctors and other health care workers during the ongoing lockdown, saying curbs on them can lead to severe constraints in rendering COVID and non-COVID medical services.
There have been reports of health care services being affected in some places, including in the national capital, after neighbouring states closed down inter-state borders and barred doctors movement.
In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, the Union Home Secretary, Mr. Ajay Bhalla, said inter-state movement of doctors and paramedics should be facilitated wherever required.
'Any restrictions on the movement of medical professionals and para-medical staff can lead to severe constraints in rendering COVID and non-COVID medical services.
'As such, ensuring unhindered movement of all such medical professionals is essential for meeting public health requirements and saving precious human lives,' he said..
Mr. Bhalla said there have been reports of many private clinics and nursing homes not being allowed to open at several places.