Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has appreciated the yeoman service rendered by staff nurses working with the Covid patients across the state. He held a virtual interaction with the staff nurses working in the district hospitals across the state yesterday. He acknowledged the valuable contribution of the nurses during this adverse situation by remaining away from their families for days together. AIR correspondent reports that there are 21,574 staff nurses working in various Government hospitals across the state.
Chief Minister asked the nurses on their working conditions and safety protocols being followed. He informed Santosh of Bidar medical college that the risk allowance given to health department staff will be extended to medical colleges staff too.
Waheeda of Wenlock hospital asked the Chief Minister to provide vaccine to their families too. Nurse Renuka Gugihaal who lost her husband recently was consoled by the Chief Minister. Shashikala of S N R hospital said that efforts should be made to infuse confidence in the Covid patients who are emotionally disturbed. Shwetha of Harihar general hospital said that the staff are disturbed by the incidents of deaths and agony of Covid patients and need counselling facilities.
Under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Bima Yojana the family of the deceased nurses is being paid 50 lakh rupees. The state government pays 8000 rupees Covid allowance to the nurses apart from the salary.