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Berhampur: Ganjam Teachers’ Joint Association on Monday urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to relieve them from the responsibility of managing COVID Care Centres in the district.

In a letter to Southern RDC addressing the CM, the teachers' body lamented that despite the district administration's earlier order make Panchyat officials as CCH in-charge, they have been functioning as the administrate charge in the CCHs since the pandemic.

The teachers are of the view that due to staying in the frontline of the Covid battle, many of them have lost their precious lives by contracting COVID19.

Convenor of the association, Bijay Behera said, “Technical persons with administrative skills should be holding the post of in-charge. The teachers have also been inducted into public relations committee which they are not trained to deal with."

"We have been working for more than three months now with 12 working hours per day. Many of us have succumbed to the disease. That is why we have written a letter to release us from this responsibility," added Behera.

It may be noted that Ganjam is the worst Covid hit district in the State with maximum number of Covid cases and deaths due to the virus. Latest data of the State Health department says that the district has reported 11323 cases and 106 deaths.

Many frontline warriors including the teachers have died fighting the pandemic. In the first week of July two on-duty teachers died of the novel-Coronavirus infection sparking concern among the teachers. As per the Convenor of district teachers’ association, more than 12 teachers have succumbed to the disease in the district.

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