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Friday, 24 July 2020

Frontline warriors at resort?

Deepender Deswal
Tribune News Service
Hisar, July 23

Even as Haryana Tourism Corporation has offered Flamingo, a tourist resort in Hisar, for lodging healthcare workers who are frontline Covid warriors, senior administrative officers of the Health Department who are not directly involved in treatment and testing are occupying luxury suites at the resort.

Dr Gobind Gupta, Principal Medical Officer (PMO), and eight or nine other medical officers are staying at the resort at government expense. The PMO is reportedly staying with his family. Dr Yogesh Sharma, Civil Surgeon, transferred from Hisar to Panchkula on June 17, had stayed at Flamingo for months.

Dr Gupta justified his stay at Flamingo by saying he had been meeting doctors and was involved in Covid management. He claimed members of his family were not staying at the resort.

Dr Ratna Bharti, Civil Surgeon, said Dr Gupta had been staying at the resort as he was part of Covid management. She said she was not aware whether members of his family were staying at the resort.

Dr Sharma, currently posted at the National Health Mission in Panchkula, admitted that he had stayed at the resort as he was involved in Covid management at the Civil Hospital.

An administrative official said the resort had been requisitioned for frontline warriors and not for officials of the Health Department.

The MD of Haryana Tourism Corporation sent a letter to its field staff on April 4 to provide free lodging to doctors and paramedical staff fighting the battle against the pandemic so that they did not put their family members at risk. A healthcare worker stated that the purpose of stay at the resort was defeated if any official stayed there with family.

from The Tribune

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