COVID-19: Ensure unhindered movement of health workers, Centre tells States

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The Centre has told all State Governments and Union Territories that the unhindered movement of all medical professionals is essential for meeting public health requirements and saving precious human lives.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that any restriction on the movement of medical professionals and paramedical staff can lead to severe constraints in rendering COVID and non-COVID medical services.

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The Centre, in fact, has asked all States & UTs to ensure smooth movement of all medical professionals, nurses, paramedical, sanitation personnel, and ambulances, including inter-state movement.

The states have also been told that all private clinics, nursing homes, and labs, with all their medical professional and staff, be allowed to open. “This would facilitate in catering to all patients, COVID, and non-COVID emergencies, without any hindrance and relieve the burden on hospitals,” the states have been told.

The MHA has also asked States and UTs to prevent migrant workers from resorting to walking on the road and on railway tracks to reach their native places. “It was emphasized that ‘Shramik’ special trains and buses have already been allowed to enable their travel. Hence, they may be facilitated to board the ‘Shramik’ special trains or buses to their native places and till that time the migrants may be counseled and taken to nearby shelters,” the MHA said.

The Centre has also asked the States to cooperate with the railways in running of more number of ‘Shramik’ special trains without any hindrance to facilitate faster movement of stranded migrant workers.

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