New Delhi, May 11: Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Monday directed the states and Union Territories to ensure unhindered inter-state and inter-district movement of medical professionals and paramedics. The Centre's direction followed several complaints received at the central control room here in the North Block.
Reiterating the direction, the Home Secretary, in a letter to all Chief Secretaries and Administrators, impressed upon that the services of doctors and para medical staff have been urgently required in meeting the challenge of COVID-19. “They are also required to render normal services such as conducting immunisation programmes, handling the onset vector and other seasonal diseases and also meeting other emergencies”,he added. “Any restriction in the movement of these persons can lead to severe constraints in rendering COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 medical services.
As such, ensuring unhindered movement of all such persons is essential for meeting public health requirements and saving previous human lives,” the Home Ministry letter read. Reportedly, in many places across the country private clinics and nursing homes have not been allowed to function, it said, adding that the functioning of these medical facilities was critical, as they supplement the regular medical infrastructure and relieve the burden on hospitals. “I would urge all states and UTs to ensure that such clinics and nursing homes continue to function without any hindrance,” Mr Bhalla said. (UNI)