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It disturbs at so many levels when the administration along with the health team works hard to control the spread of COVID-19 disease in Madhya Pradesh, some people, including some social .... #Cooperate,don'tobstructofficialswork....

Samuel Mathai

Bhopal: It disturbs at so many levels when the administration along with the health team works hard to control the spread of COVID-19 disease in Madhya Pradesh, some people, including some social media groups, are  obstructing the efforts of the government.

The incidents of stone-pelting and spitting on the health officials that took place in Indore, the hotspot of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, is condemnable and strict action should be taken against the culprits. When the whole world is under the grip of the treaded Coronavirus pandemic and thousands of people across the world died of this disease, it is not a small thing the respective governments and the officials, endangering their own life, are doing to contain it any way. Instead of cooperating with the officials, obstructing them in conducting their duty should not be encouraged at any level.

The incident happened on Wednesday when a team of doctors, along with the local administrative official, visited the Tatpatti Bakhal area, one of the two hotspots of the coronavirus outbreak in Indore, to trace the contacts of some positive patients reported earlier.

According official source, a team of five health officials had been trying to conduct screenings for coronavirus among residents and to trace a patient who had been infected with COVID-19.

“We had data of few COVID-19 patients from the area, following which we visited the area to trace the contacts of the patients. We could screen only one individual, when suddenly locals gathered around us protesting against the medical examination. They pelted stones at us and we somehow managed to save our lives by hiding inside the vehicle of local tahsildar who accompanied us to the place,” said one of the women doctors on condition of anonymity.

This is not the first incident of hostility against medicos in Indore. In fact, just two days before, residents of Ranipuri, yet another neighbourhood in the city, spat at health officials and abused them during screening.

Some on social media claimed that the attack was a result of the mistrust of health and police officials amid locals after alleged targeting of Muslims in the city for testing and quarantining in wake of the Tablighi Jamat gathering at Delhi's Nizamuddin earlier in March.

The locals had also vandalised the barricades put up by the police after a heated argument with personnel accompanying the visiting doctors. Later, a heavy contingent of police was deployed to bring the situation under control.

Seven people arrested

The police have arrested seven people on Thursday for assaulting the team of doctors in Indore. “The four accused have been identified and held. They have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code,” said Harinarayanchari Mishra, DIG, Indore.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical and Health Officer in Indore, Dr Pravin Jadiya, said that the women doctors have sustained injuries in the leg during the attack. The police are also monitoring social media and a case was lodged against one admin of a WhatsApp group in Azad Nagar area for fuelling tensions based on fake news.

District Collector Manish Singh has issued a warning stating that those misbehaving with the administration, including the health staff, would be booked by the police.

According to a senior officer, “The district administration has already cautioned the locals about possibility of rise in number of cases in the coming days. The health team is busy scanning COVID-19 hotspots to check the further spread of the disease.”

Resident doctor test positive to Coronavirus

Indore city, which has been tagged as the red zone of coronavirus, on Thursday reported 12 new positive cases, including a resident doctor of MG Medical College whose reports came last evening. The second year PG student of MG Medical College, is posted at the Gynaecological Department and had been treating women patients including the pregnant ones, from the last three days.

“After the resident doctor tested positive on Wednesday night, a total of 20 people including doctors have been isolated,” Indore Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO), Dr Pravin Jadia said.

The officer has claimed that the woman doctor, who tested positive for the virus, contracted the disease during her trip to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh between March 17 and 25. Moreover, sources at the medical college said that her three family members who lives in Jhansi have also been tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus positive cases have jumped to 75 in Indore, taking a total tally of the cases in Madhya Pradesh to 98.

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, Indore city has been put under complete lockdown, since Monday. However, there are several areas which reported dearth of essentials goods including milk and other food items as the administration is still busy devising a mechanism for distribution of basic items to households.

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