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Attack on COVID-19 Warriors: Delhi hospital’s doctors, nurses allege COVID-19 patients threatened, manhandled them

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 April 2020, 18:20 IST

Even after the government has passed an ordinance to safeguard healthcare workers, a crime against these COVID-19 warriors has not stopped yet. A fresh incident has been reported in a Delhi government-run hospital where several doctors and nurses alleged that COVID-19 patients have assaulted them after they were asked them to wait for a while.

According to a video released by a news agency, ANI, the medical staff of the hospitals can be seen complaining about the torture that they are facing while treating COVID-19 patients.


The shocking incident took place in the LNJP Hospital where the assault against health staff has been reported just a day after the ordinance passed by the Modi government.

A tweet by ANI quoted, “Doctors and staff of LNJP hospital allege that a group of #COVID19 patients who were brought to the hospital through CATS ambulance today, threatened and manhandled them when the staff asked them to wait for a while.”

 

Earlier on Wednesday, in the wake of the rising number of attacks on health care workers across the country, the government amended the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1987 through an ordinance to ensure the safety of health workers. Under this ordinance, any violence against health workers has reported then the accused will be fined and even imprisonments up to seven years.

The government said from now on, not just such violence is cognizable but also a non-bailable offence.

Also, the new ordinance has a provision to provide compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to the property, the government said.

Moreover, the new ordinance also has a provision to provide compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to the property, the government said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile in India, the number of positive cases for COVID-19 reached 21,700 while the death toll stood at 681.

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First published: 23 April 2020, 18:20 IST
 
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