Kolar frontline health worker in COVID-19 team dies of cardiac issue

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Kolar frontline health worker in COVID-19 team dies of cardiac issue

Kolar frontline health worker in COVID-19 team dies of cardiac issue

Sc BH   ¦    Apr 07, 2020 10:45:08 AM (IST)

Kolar frontline health worker in COVID-19 team dies of cardiac issue-1Kolar: A frontline health worker, who was on COVID-19 duty died on Monday due to cardiac issues.

Saravana M, 35, was working as a junior health assistant and was a part of the screening team at Hebbuni checkpost in Mulbagal, Kolar district.

He was working at Oorkuntemittur primary health centre in Kolar district and it is said that he died of heart condition.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Though his post mortem concludes that he died of myocardial infarction, his samples have been sent for COVID-19 testing.

The issue now is whether Saravana's kin are eligible to get the Rs 50 lakh insurance claim meant for the family of health workers who die tackling Corona Virus cases.

C S Shadakshari, president, Karnataka Government Employees Association told DHNS that he has spoken to Health Minister B Sriramulu in this regard. 

"The rules clearly say anybody who dies on duty during the COVID-19 surveillance, which is a national emergency will be compensated, whether he acquired the infection or not. He had already had two surgeries and yet he turned up for work. His wife may be given a government job on humanitarian grounds, he said. Sriramulu could not be reached for comment," DHNS quotes Shadakshari.