Order to Deploy Docs, Nurses at Nitish Kumar’s House Revoked

Amid a political row over the matter, the Patna Medical College on Tuesday, 7 July withdrew the order that stated deployment of six doctors, three nurses, and a ventilator at the official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, ANI reported.

Secretary of the Health Department had earlier directed the hospital to do so as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.

Earlier, on Tuesday, it was reported that a relative of the chief minister, who was living in his residence, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kumar had got himself tested for coronavirus earlier on Saturday after he along with 4 staff members attended an event in which one COVID-19 positive person had participated in, according to ANI. His test results have come negative.

“According to the orders given by the Additional Secretary, Health Department, Bihar over the phone, in view of the controlling the spread of coronavirus infection and keeping the preventive measures in mind a ventilator-equipped hospital is to be operated at the Chief Minister’s residence. For this, doctors and nurses working at PMCH are being deputed in three shifts,” the earlier order issued by the Director, PMCH, read.

Reacting strongly to the decision taken by the authorities, former Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD leader, Tejashwi Yadav had trained guns at the decision of setting up a ventilator equipped hospital at Kumar’s residence.

“When CM’s sample is sent for COVID-19 test, reports are received in 2 hours. But in the case of common men, it takes over 5-7 days. Now CM residence has been turned into a ventilator-equipped hospital, while poor people are suffering due to lack of medical facilities,” Yadav had said, as quoted by ANI.

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