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West Bengal govt not cooperating with central groups to evaluate Covid-19 situation: MHA




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New Delhi: The Union Dwelling Ministry on Tuesday stated the West Bengal governing administration is not cooperating with the central groups going to the state to evaluate the COVID-19 scenario and are especially restraining them from interacting with overall health employees and touring the influenced regions.

In a letter to West Bengal Main Secretary Rajiva Sinha, Union Dwelling Secretary Ajay Bhalla explained it has been introduced to the notice of the ministry that the two the inter- ministerial central groups, going to Kolkata and Jalpaiguri, have not been provided with the requisite cooperation by the state and community authorities.

“In simple fact, they have been precisely restrained from creating any visits, interacting with wellbeing gurus, and assessing the ground degree predicament. “This quantities to obstructing the implementation of the orders issued by the central governing administration below the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and similarly binding directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court docket,” Bhalla reported.

The union dwelling secretary explained, thus, the state federal government is directed to comply to make all important arrangements for the central groups to have out these responsibilities as have been entrusted to them. Dwelling Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava also raised the difficulty at the everyday media briefing on the COVID-19 scenario in the nation.

She said the Centre has sent groups less than Catastrophe Management Act to four states — Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

Although Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are extending comprehensive aid, the govt in West Bengal is not doing so, she extra.

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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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