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PHANA Demands Inquiry Into Suicide of Dr Nagendra SR THO Nanjangud, Mysore District

Bengaluru: Nanjangud Taluk Health Officer (THO) Dr Nagendra SR, committed suicide on Thursday allegedly due to work pressures. He had been working continuously in Covid-19 duty since the pandemic broke out in March this year.

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, (PHANA) Bangalore, has condemned such toxic work environment. “We urge the Govt of Karnataka to create a conducive environment for medical professionals who are at the forefront of Covid care to work without any undue pressure,” said Dr Prasanna HM, President Elect, PHANA.

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The association expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr Nagendra SR, on his untimely death and urged the government to investigate the death of the frontline worker. “We urge the Govt to conduct a high level impartial enquiry regarding the circumstances and events leading to the unfortunate suicide by one of our esteemed colleague,” Dr Ravindra R, President PHANA said in a press statement.

Team Indiamedtoday, condole with the bereaved family of Dr Nagendra SR.

Update August 20, 2020

In support of the call given by the IMA- KSB, all PHANA Members, doctors, nurses, paramedical and support staff will wear a black badge/Ribbon on August 21 and 22, 2020 and hold a candlelight protest at 8.00pm on Sunday the August 23, 2020 in all the Hospitals, to demonstrate solidarity with the medical fraternity and  pray for the departed soul of Dr. Nagendra. S. R. and the scores of healthcare personnel and Covid warriors who have sacrificed their lives for the well being of the society, said the association.
“We do not seek appreciation nor glory and are working relentlessly for the well being of of the community in these difficult times, in spite of the many shortcomings. The government and administration, are insensitive to our sacrifices and adding to the problem rather that supporting the medical fraternity, healthcare personnel and private hospitals,” the association said.
“We strongly condemn the insensitive bureaucracy and administration for handling a public health pandemic by enforcing the disaster management Act and being insensitive to the problems and stress of the healthcare personnel,” PHANA statement said.
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