Bhubaneswar: Amid the COVID19 outbreak, two nurses working in a private hospital were evicted from their rented houses here on Tuesday, after which the Odisha government urged landlords not to "lockdown humanity" during the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
State government spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi said that two nurses providing home-based critical care or post-hospitalisation care to a patient were evicted from their rented houses by their landlord with support of their neighbours, fearing that the women might be carriers of novel coronavirus.
"Please do not lock down humanity even as human beings are locked down due to COVID-19 outbreak," Bagchi said, while expressing concern over the behaviour of house owners in Bhubaneswar, which has emerged as the coronavirus hotspot in Odisha after 34 cases were reported in the state capital.
Bagchi, also the chairperson of the Odisha Skill Development Authority, said the two young nurses were providing post-hospitalisation service to an elderly person.
The nurses vacated their rented house and shifted to another place, he said.
"People might suspect infection but this fear should not lock down humanity and lead to eviction of persons providing yeoman service like nursing," Bagchi said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on April 3 appealed to the landlords to be compassionate to poor tenants and waive off or at least defer their house rent for three months.
Through this gesture, it can be demonstrated that the people of Odisha care for each other at a time when the entire country is under lockdown, he had said.
In a similar instance, an Odia Corona warrior, serving at a government hospital in Surat and treating people infected with Coronavirus was harassed by her landlord on Monday. As alleged by Dr Sanjeevani Panigrahi, who stays at Rajhans Society in Surat, when she returned from work on March 23, she found her landlord and his family waiting at the gate. They threatened to take action against her if she stepped out of the apartment again.
Later, Dr Panigrahi filed a complaint of both physical and mental harassment with the local police against her landlord who lives in the same building. She also had recorded a video purportedly showing the landlord shouting & abusing her which went viral on the internet. Dr Panigrahi shared the video on Twitter tagging PM Modi.
Amid the COVID19 crisis, the high-efforts of Coronavirus warriors certainly deserve respect. Compassion is the least we can offer to these warriors who are working relentlessly to bring the situation under control. But, such instances of misbehaving the COVID19 warriors certainly are disgraceful.
(With Agency Inputs)