To address their concern related to increasing risk of COVID-19, a Kerala based Nurses’ Association has moved to Supreme Court declaring that the government providing them enough equipment to treat the coronavirus patients and they hadn’t formulated the National Management Protocol regarding COVID-19.
Subhash Chandran and Biju P. Raman, the advocates representing the Union Nurses Association claimed that nurses were ill-equipped, therefore, they were at high risk of getting infected. Their petition said, “Health care workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection. Hazards include pathogen exposure, long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma, and physical and psychological violence etc.”
Although there are numerous hospitals but they don’t have sufficient testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and there is lack of training that could help in treating patients. Those health workers who are lactating mothers or pregnant are forced to work, their salaries are deducted and poor transport facility is provided to them. Therefore, they urge the Supreme Court to direct the government to provide better essentials.