COVID: Naidu welcomes ordinance to protect healthcare workers from acts of violence

NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday welcomed the ordinance to protect healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 from acts of violence, saying it is unfortunate that those rendering selfless service are facing attacks.
“Welcome the decision of the government to bring out an #ordinance making attacks on health workers cognizable & non-bailable,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.
“It is unfortunate that we are witnessing attacks on health workers, who are rendering selfless service in the fight against  #COVID19 pandemic,” he said.
The government on Wednesday issued the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, making acts of violence and harassment against healthcare personnel deployed in combating COVID-19 a non-bailable offence with maximum punishment of seven years imprisonment and Rs 5 lakh fine.
The ordinance will protect the healthcare fraternity, including doctors, nurses and ASHA workers. (AGENCIES)

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