At a time when the entire world is reeling under having to cope up with an unforeseen situation due to a deadly virus, the least we could do is to show compassion to each other. All that it takes is a simple act of kindness and empathy to boost up one's morale during a trying time like this. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik showed commendable understanding and has announced the payment of four months' advance salary for doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff. Health personnel are the ones who are at a higher risk of contracting this virus as they closely work with the infected people day in and day out.
According to the news reports, the doctors, nurses and all health personnel across the state will receive their salaries in advance for the months of April, May, June and July. The advance payments will be made in the month of April itself, the CM said in a video message. Appreciating the commitment of the medical professionals, Patnaik, in his video message on Twitter, said, "There is no comparison of your (doctors, nurses and other staff) selfless service to the people. I and the people of Odisha are with you and your families. I salute your spirit.â
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Besides this, he also made an earnest appeal to the people to treat them with utmost affection and respect. He said, "They work day in and day out by sacrificing their comforts. Don't create hurdles for the doctors and hospital staff while they are working hard. We should all appreciate their dedicated service to the people."
âThose who do not behave properly with the doctors and other health personnel will be dealt with firmly. I have already directed the police to take action against such persons," Patnaik added. Meanwhile, as per the news reports, the Family and Welfare department of the state has decided to appoint doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, including retired persons, on a contractual basis in different state-run hospitals amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. According to a notification, they will be appointed on a short-term contractual basis for three months till June 30, which will be extended if required.
A specialist will get Rs. 5,000 a day, while a medical officer with an MBBS degree will get Rs. 3,000 daily. Staff nurse, laboratory technician, pharmacist and radiographers will receive Rs. 1,000 every day. Odisha is setting a wonderful example of showing solidarity and support to the medical workers who are working day and night, risking and exposing themselves to the novel Coronavirus. Other states should learn by example and soon follow suit.