On Karnataka CM’s assurance, govt doctors in 3 districts resume work on Monday | Mysuru News – Times of India

MYSURU: Hundreds of government doctors and health personnel in three districts of south Karnataka decided to resume work on Monday after chief minister BS Yediyurappa assured them their demands — ease pressure on them to increase Covid tests, among others — will be considered at a meeting on Monday.
The trigger of the protest was the suicide by Nanjangud taluk health officer Dr SR Nagendra, 42, at his residence in that town on Thursday. He was asked allegedly by Mysuru zilla panchayat chief executive officer Prashanth Kumar Mishra to ramp up Covid tests.
Nanjangud was one of the early clusters with scores of employees of a pharmaceutical company testing positive for Covid-19.
ZP officer Mishra has been transferred without a posting. Mysuru deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar has been given his responsibility.
Minister: Next week’s meeting will discuss doctors’ problems

Police named Mishra in their FIR under IPC Section 306 (abetment to suicide) following a complaint by Ramakrishna, father of the deceased.
After the CM’s assurance, doctors and health warriors from Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts will return to work with a black band from Monday. They were on strike since Thursday. Dr GA Shrinivas, president, Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association, said the government has promised to look into all demands, including appointing health department officers as Covid-19 nodal officers and scrapping the daily test targets.
Medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar said the government was seized of the issues raised by them. Health minister B Sriramulu said a meeting will be convened next week to discuss the challenges faced by the doctors.

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