Police were given extra duties to reduce workload of health workers, says CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that additional responsibilities were handed over to the police force in order to reduce the workload of health workers. Some people have tried to mislead all that the responsibilities of the health department is being transferred to the police, CM stated during the press meet on Wednesday.
Police and health department were involved in all stages of COVID prevention activities. Local bodies and officials also intervened in it. However, continuous work without rest can be exhausting to anyone. This has happened in the case of health department as well, he said.
This is a phase of COVID transmission. So, the method of resistance is different from the earlier phases. The number of people kept under observation in Kerala is on the rise. There is increase in the number of people listed in the primary contact list also. This means that extensive contact tracing has to be done.
More COVID first-line treatment centres were set up in the state. There are more number of mobile units and the rate of testing has also gone up. All this has added to the workload of healthcare workers. This would increase further when home treatment system is set up. In such a situation, health workers need to be helped by others.
The rate of transmission is on the rise in Kerala. In that context, police force also will be made part of the activities. But the responsibilities of health workers will not be assigned to the police officers. However, extra responsibility is given to police to make necessary interventions in order to help the health workers and healthcare system.
Some people want to increase the rate of disease transmission in the state to take advantage of it. Only such people can find fault with this decision, Pinarayi Vijayan said. He also appreciated the dedicated service and hard work of the health workers and offered all support to them.