Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 12
The government’s decision to end quarantine period after Covid duties for healthcare workers has not gone down well with the medical fraternity.
Expressing displeasure over the decision, the Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has asked the government to withdraw the decision within three days or the healthcare workers will report to work sporting black ribbons to register their protest.
Until now, the healthcare workers were quarantined for 10 days after their Covid duties. “Keeping in view that the vaccination for healthcare workers started in January and most of the healthcare workers have been adequately vaccinated, the protocol of quarantining them has been done away with,” said a government spokesperson here today.
Calling it an insensitive decision towards healthcare workers who have been fighting the pandemic tirelessly for over a year now, HMOA secretary Pushpender Verma said the facility must continue as healthcare workers work in high viral load during their Covid duties.
Also, he said that while the healthcare workers have been vaccinated, their families haven’t been. “Won’t their lives be endangered if the healthcare workers go straight home after their Covid duties? Have their lives of no value? Can the government guarantee that healthcare workers will not contract the infection after being vaccinated,” asked Verma.
He also asked the government not to follow what’s happening at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, without factoring in the ground realities in the state. “There are so many other things AIIMS do for its staff. Are we doing any of it?” asked Verma.