Balbir Singh Sidhu expresses grief over sudden death of Health Worker Ram Singh Ugoke while fighting with Corona


Chandigarh, September 4:


            Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu expressed his grief over the sudden death of Mr. Ram Singh Ugoke who was posted as Multi-Purpose Health Worker at village Khudi-Khurd & Dhillwan of Block Tapa in Barnala District.


            Health Minister said that thousands of workers like Ram Singh were battling at the forefront against the global corona epidemic. He said that Ram Singh was only 49 years old. It was sad to hear that the day Ram Singh passed away due to Corona was also his birthday.


            Expressing grave concern over rumors, absurd and figment propaganda regarding corona, the Minister said that some anti-Punjab elements are spreading lies against corona and health workers to affect the campaign of the State Government. He said that he stood by his employees at all times and would not let their morale fall under any circumstances. As many as 948 employees of the health department have tested positive during the line of their duty and death incidents of health workers including doctors have also happened due to corona. The people of the state should respect the efforts of the health department staff to control the situation in this hour of crisis and come forward to get tested for the symptoms of the corona.


            The Health Minister appealed to the people of the state not to believe in the rumors and if any person found spreading lies against the health workers or misleading people about Corona, report it immediately to the Health or Police Department. ‘’Strict action would be taken against these accused & rumors mongers. It was unfortunate that even some so-called political leaders were being misleading the inadvertent villagers, which is proving fatal for patients having co-morbidity’’, he said adding that frightened by such false and misleading propaganda, people are afraid to get them tested despite having symptoms of corona. As a result, the death rate is also gradually increasing in the state.


            Mr. Sidhu warned these anti-Punjab people to stop carrying out such deceptive campaigns under which a large number of false news and provocative videos were being spread. He said that Punjab Police was registering cases against them and stern action will be initiated.