The Andhra Pradha government has suspended a doctor after his video, complaining about a lack of protective gear and masks at a coronavirus faculty, went viral.
In the video, shared by a senior Andhra Pradesh opposition politician, Dr Sudhakar Rao can be seen complaining of a lack of safety gear and police misbehaviour. The doctor, Sudhakar Rao, said his hospital’s district coordinator was unavailable at a time of crisis, and that no ministers or lawmakers had visited to take stock of the situation.
In the video, Dr Sudhakar Rao requested Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to intervene.
However, the government has suspended the doctor instead.
The suspension triggered a massive outrage with TDP National President and former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu hitting out at YS Jaganmohan Reddy government.
In a tweet, Chandrababu Naidu said, “Dr Sudhakar opened up about the lack of masks and gloves at Narsipatnam Government Hospital which is the minimum responsibility of AP Government. Instead of addressing the issue, the doctor was suspended. His only crime was to demand for an N-95 mask. This is utterly shocking.”
Naidu also tweeted a video of a junior doctor complaining about lack of facilities.
This junior doctor is pleading for protective medical gear for himself & thousands of fellow healthcare soldiers. Will you now suspend him too @ysjagan? When doctors are treated like this, one can imagine the plight of those tested positive for #CoronaVirus #WeStandWithDrSudhakar pic.twitter.com/w7eT8LGe6L
— N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) April 8, 2020
TDP chief said that if frontline medical soldiers are disrespected like this, “How the government can motivate them enough to expose themselves to risk in order to protect and rescue patients. Doctors and healthcare staff must be protected and cared for during these terrible times.” Naidu expressed his solidarity with Dr Sudhakar and entire medical fraternity while also demanded that the government should immediately cancel his suspension.
Meanwhile, YSRCP has alleged that Dr Rao belongs to TDP and made a false allegations and criticised government with a political motive.
Minister Perni Nani said, unlike TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu who is ‘hiding at his residence’ the ‘state government is functioning effectively compared with other states’. He emphasised that the government is not hiding any information related to Covid-19 and asked the opposition to stop doing dirty politics at this tough situation of the pandemic coronavirus outbreak.