Kerala health dept to decide on hospitals to be brought under SISF security cover

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Kochi: The state government has informed the Kerala High Court that the health department will come with the list of hospitals to be brought under the State Industrial Security Force (SISF) security cover.

The measure has been pushed to curb attacks on medical professionals in the state. It also comes at a time when the government has been receiving flak over the death of Dr Vandana Das in Kollam taluk hospital.

Earlier, Kerala Police over the death case informed the court that there are not enough police to man all hospitals but the SISF can be engaged. However, the new development suggests that not all hospitals will be under SISF security cover. The health department will decide which government hospitals should be under SISF security cover.

The deployment will happen in a phased manner. The state government also informed that it will deploy SISF as soon as the health department issues a notification regarding the hospitals.

Meanwhile, private hospitals can also avail of SISF security cover. However, the management concerned will have to bear the cost of deploying the personnel.

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