Baramulla:JK Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC ) has expressed grief and shock over the sad and sudden demise of Khalida Begum, Health activist (ASHA Worker) presently posted at PHC Sheree Baramulla.
in a press statement President EJAC Mohd Rafique Rather said that he is deeply shocked and saddened over the death of a committed, dedicated and sincere health activist Khalida Begum, who had been on forefront to fight pandemic and has vaccinated hundreds of people in recent past, finally fell to COVID herself.
He said that EJAC has been pleading for the safety of health workers from day one and added that its unfortunate to see such frontline workers being taken for granted by not provided them with necessary protective equipments and are paid meager wages in lieu of thier round the clock services at different hospitals and Health centers. He said that ASHA workers have been agitating for fair treatment and due wages for a long time but nothing has been done in this regard.
Rafique Rather urged upon health officials to take care of all health workers working shoulder to shoulder with medicos and paramedics as warriors by providing protective gears to them and not to put them to risk by assigning the job beyond their competence, expertise and Covid protocol.
Rafique Rather appealed JK government to provide appropriate compensation to the bereaved family and urged for benefits of SRO 43 in favour of next of kin of deceased.
EJAC President stressed for Health insurance in favour of all employees deputed on COVID duty irrespective of cadre and department and expressed hope that JK Government will redress this geniune and justified demand on priority.