Kerala police books a case against doctor who red flagged NRI amidst COVID-19 scareMarch 13, 2020 15:49
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The police of Kerala have registered a case against a doctor who has allegedly portrayed the health officials in a bad light and had spread information which was false about a Non- resident Indian (NRI) who has been quarantined for suspected coronavirus, as said by the top official on Wednesday.
The case has been registered after a medical officer (DMO) of the Thrissur disctrict has filed a complaint against Dr Shinu Shyamalan saying that her information that has been given was incorrect and that the posts on the subject in the social media was false and was for publicity.
Dr Shyamanlan, who worked at a private clinic in Thalikulam in Thrissur has claimed that she had lost her job after she has informed the government officials about a patient who has visited the clinic with the symptoms of coronavius after which she had also taken this to social media saying that the patient who had visited the clinic bearing the symptoms of coronavirus had later left for Qatar before the arrival of the test reports of the samples that have been collected in order to test if the patient has been infected with the deadly novel coronavirus or not.
Dr Shyamanlan has also claimed that her service had been terminated by her employer for telling the truth and that her complaints have been taken casually by the health officials.
However, it has been found after the inquiry by the DMO Dr J J Reena that the specific patient was kept under observation and has been given the permission to leave the country as he had not developed any symptoms durimg the period of surveillance. It has also been said by the DMO that the suspected patient had come to Kerala on the 31st of January and had gone back after a quarantine period of twenty- eight days.
The DMO has said in her complaint that Dr Shyamalan had tried to portray the health workers in a bad light as she had ranked up an unnecessary controversy at this critical point of time when the government is trying its best to curb the spreading of the deadly novel coronavirus in the state which now has 14 positive cases of being infected by the deadly novel COVID-19.
S Shanawas who is the district collector of Thrissur had later directed the police for filing a case against Dr Shyamanlan and also against the news channel which has aired the interview of Dr Shyamalan. It has been said that the doctor was not available for comments after she has been booked by the police.
By Shrithika Kushangi