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Plea in SC raises concern over safety of health workers amid pandemic

The association claimed that in Delhi more than 1,000 workers have already tested positive with the virus which has also led to the death of five workers. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court raising concern over the safety of healthcare workers, including nurses and paramedical staffs during the pandemic, PTI reported.

The plea has also sought directions to authorities to provide proper protection kits to those working in COVID-19 wards or in close proximity of patients suspected to be infected with the deadly virus.

The application, filed by United Nurses Association, has sought permission to intervene in the matter relating to the treatment of COVID-19 patients and dignified handling of dead bodies in the hospitals in which the apex court has taken cognisance on its own.

“The health and safety (physical/mental) of healthcare workers are of utmost importance because a further shortage of health care workers would result in thousands of unattended COVID-19 patients, which will have serious repercussions including escalation of the present situation and result in an impact on the economy, medical facilities, potential deaths and loss of human resource,” plea reads.

UNA through its Delhi State General Secretary Joldin Francis filed an intervention application in the suo motu case taken up by the SC relating to the proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and dignified handling of dead bodies in the hospitals.

The association claimed that in Delhi more than 1,000 workers have already tested positive with the virus which has also led to the death of five workers.

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