New Delhi: Those serving the coronavirus patients are “no less than soldiers protecting the country”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this afternoon as he announced Rs 1 crore for the families of health workers if they die while dealing with COVID-19 cases.
“During a war, a soldier protects his country, risks his life…. our whole nation is indebted to them. Today, the job that you guys (health workers) are doing is no less than that of a soldier. You are risking your life to save people of this country,” Mr Kejriwal said.
“If anyone loses their life while serving Covid-19 patients, whether sanitation workers, doctors or nurses, their family will be provided Rs 1 crore as respect to their service,” Arvind Kejriwal said, according to news agency ANI.
Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement came days after Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, and other health care professionals involved in the care of Covid-19 patients will get a special insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.
Uttarakhand has also announced life insurance for thousands of state government employees, who are on the frontline in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
The chief minister was interacting with the doctors of five government hospitals and medical staff via video conference. “Since doctors and nurses cannot possibly go home every day, we have made arrangements for them to stay at five-star hotels. We will also make sure that there is no shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),” he added.