On January 6th, nurses were forced to voice their protest to Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao at Chintalaveedhi in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district. The minister was present to distribute house site pattas to the poor in Paderu Mandal. The nurses have not been paid three months’ salary for their work during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has been unable to pay them for their services since September 2020.
Nurses from government hospitals who were specifically hired to support the state’s efforts during the pandemic have now been left to deal with hardships on their own. These nurses were recruited on a contract basis in the month of August and terminated without any notice in November. The government cited the reason behind the termination as a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
It should be noted that more than 500 nurses between the ages of 20 to 23 years were recruited to support healthcare services during the pandemic in the Visakhapatnam district. These young nurses helped in reducing mortality rates in the state and provided much-needed support to the healthcare machinery.
The Tourism Minister assured that he will take the nurses’ demand to the notice of the CM. The nurses also demanded that they be regularised and placed in government hospitals.
In addition to nurses in government hospitals, the YSRCP government has also been unable to pay salaries and DAs of government employees. The Jagan Mohan Reddy government has only focused on receiving funds from various sources since it has come to power. While the government is determined to fulfill the Chief Minister’s populous promises, healthcare workers are ignored.