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Jun 18, 2021

Health Ministry writes to all States and UTs asking to undertake detailed review and ensure prompt and necessary steps for safety of healthcare workers

The Union Health Ministry has written to all the States and UTs asking them to undertake a detailed review and ensure prompt and necessary steps are taken for the safety of healthcare workers and their well being besides strict implementation of the amended Epidemic Disease Act. Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal has written to the States following some reports of incidents of physical violence against doctors and healthcare workers in Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka. 

In the letter, Mr Agarwal said that such incidents impact the morale of our healthcare workforce who have shown exemplary commitment against all odds in COVID-19 management. He said, the Government of India has taken a number of initiatives for ensuring the safety and security of healthcare workers. On, 22nd  April, 2020, Union Health Ministry had issued an ordinance to duly amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, providing protection to healthcare personnel and their property during epidemics. 

The Ordinance was further notified as the Epidemic Diseases ( Amendment) Act, 2020 on 29th September last year. As per the amendment Act, whoever commits violence against healthcare service personnel or causes damage or loss to any property shall be punished with imprisonment and with fine. Such offences are also cognisable and non bailable.

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