Kolkata landlords evict medical professionals, Resident Doctor’s Association steps in – India Today

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Incidents of nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals forcibly being evicted by their landlords in Kolkata, West Bengal, were reported shortly after the nation clapped for the healthcare professionals on the day of Janata Curfew.

These nurses and paramedics were asked to vacate houses since the landlords fear the medical professionals may have the novel coronavirus and other may as well contract the infection.

Federation of Resident Doctors Association (Forda) sent a letter to the health ministry requesting protection and safety of these medical professionals in Kolkata.

Ranita Karmakar Sarkar, a nurse, posted on Facebook being asked to vacate her flat as she provides medical services in times of a pandemic.

The letter to the health minister mentioned that many nurses, ward boys and caregivers are being victimised by landlords and neighbourhood people who fear of contracting novel coronavirus if they stay close to these healthcare professionals.

Incidents of some nurses being slapped have also been reported. Some landlords have even cancelled the rent agreements with the medical professional tenants.

The people have even asked sanitation workers to render their services to these medical professionals.

There are also reports of sweepers and service providers being barred from rendering their services to the medical professionals.

The Association has demanded prompt intervention as such a treatment would be highly discouraging and dehumanising for the medical professionals.

Meanwhile, government of West Bengal has requisitioned hotels, lodges and guesthouses to house the doctors and other medical professionals facing the tribulation in the state.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/bengal-kolkata-landlords-evict-medical-professionals-coronavirus-1659333-2020-03-25