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A memorial for martyred doctors in Arogya Soudha: Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar

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Bengaluru: “A memorial will be built in Arogya Soudha to commemorate martyred doctors who laid down their lives during pandemic,” said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

Speaking on the occasion of Doctors Day celebrations at Arogya Soudha, Dr Sudhakar also a MBBS holder said that “only soldiers who died during the war are being referred to as martyrs. More than 700 doctors have died during their Covid duty. Since doctors are also Health warriors who died during the war against Covid-19, they also are being referred as martyrs. Government has decided to build a memorial in Arogya Soudha to commemorate their sacrifice. A model will be designed soon and will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister. Families of the martyred families can come and pay respect to the memorial on a fixed day, ” said Dr Sudhakar.

People are paying homage to the war memorial in Delhi. Similarly this memorial will also help people to pay homage. On behalf of the government I express my gratitude towards all medical community who are serving relentlessly during this tough time,” he added.

The issue of stipend has been there from several years. Our government has increased the stipend by 30-40%. In a historical move our government has recruited 1,763 medical officers. Also, 2,050 doctors are appointed on one year compulsory rural service basis. More than 1,000 doctors have been appointed to Medical colleges. Overall 4000 doctors have been recruited, the minister said.

Warns Attackers

Relatives of patients attacking doctors and medical staff is highly condemnable. Doctors try to save the lives of patients till their last breath. No one lets them to die. People should not take the law into their hands. Strict legal action will be initiated against the defaulters. It is punishable offence up to 5-7 years of imprisonment, warned Dr Sudhakar.

Speaking at the IMA function Dr Sudhakar said that all doctors should register themselves in IMA. Government is considering to pay more stipend to those working in rural areas, he said.

Other Points made by the Minister

• Visionary Dr B C Roy’s contribution to the medical field is immense. Health sector has better infrastructure today inspired by his ideals.

• More doctors should come forward to serve in rural areas. It is not to be done by force by the government/court’s order. Our soul is the greatest court.

• 250 PHCs will be upgraded this year.

• How is it possible to vaccinate 2.25 Crore people if we have shortage of vaccines? Congress should stop politicising this. Speak with statistics. Centre has provided nine lakh doses of Covishield today.

• Students will be given priority to get vaccinated as classes will be started soon. I will discuss the matter of providing more vaccines with the union minister in my Delhi visit on Monday.

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