KATHUA, Apr 6: Former Minister and President DCC Kathua, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma has termed the termination of paramedics including nurses who were engaged under SRO-24 in various medical colleges of GMC Kathua, GMC Doda and GMC Rajouri as unfortunate and unacceptable. While addressing media persons, Manohar said all such engagements under SRO-24 were made by following a right process and family of such nurses and paramedics staff is dependent on them as they are source of their livelihood.
He lambasted J&K Government for snatching the livelihood of para-medical staff at a time when they were needed the most as frontline respondents to fight the battle against deadly Coronavirus in J&K.
Dr Sharma further said that in order to fight the deadly Coronavirus disease, we need to have a strong and vigorous healthcare system and adequate manpower and on the contrary administration is issuing orders of disengaging of paramedics staff when the healthcare system in J&K is already running on crutches, thus putting the lives of people at stake.
Requested the LG to personally intervene and serve directions for revocation of such termination orders, Manohar said that instead of disengaging the paramedical staff, the Governor led administration should regularize all the casual, seasonal, ad-hoc, contractual, need-based and daily wagers, besides providing all required and necessary PPE as per WHO standards to all the medical staff deployed in different hospitals.
He also requested for supply of sufficient ventilators, COVID-19 test kits and one testing lab in each district.