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Govt options to develop ‘larger force’ to tackle Covid-19, on line education to be released




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New Delhi: Asserting that India faces a considerably greater threat from COVID-19, the central federal government has decided to generate a “larger force” to exchange frontline personnel engaged in different works to tackle the pandemic and its exponential increase.

It has resolved to provide them with required coaching by means of on-line method.

“…As all are aware, India faces a substantially better danger from COVID-19 pandemic. It will be pertinent to choose notice of the reality that India’s first line of staff is by now engaged in COVID reduction and accomplishing commendable job.

“However, a significant drive will be desired to substitute the 1st line and to tackle the exponential or geometric maximize in constructive COVID-19 conditions in the subsequent levels of the pandemic,” according to a Personnel Ministry get.

Appropriately, to choose care of the teaching requirements of the frontline staff, the launch of the integrated authorities on the net coaching (iGOT) system has been fast-forwarded, and a model of iGOT fitted to these requires has been introduced, it explained.

“The platform will present the education modules on flexitime and on website basis so that the COVID response can be shipped at scale for the workforce wanted to tackle the pandemic,” said the purchase.

The classes on iGOT, it claimed, have been released for medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, cleanliness employees, experts, auxiliary nursing midwives (ANMs), state government officers and civil defence officers, between others.

The online instruction modules are also available for many police organisations, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Countrywide Assistance Plan (NSS), Indian Pink Cross Culture (IRCS), Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG) and other volunteers at this stage, explained the order, issued to all central government departments and state governments.

They have been questioned to persuade much more and far more members of the organisations worried to onboard the iGOT system and endure on the net schooling so that the pandemic might be dealt with proficiently, the buy mentioned.

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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’




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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”

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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.

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