Health Ministry says No community or area should be labelled for COVID-19 spread

Ministry of Health on Monday laid emphasis on not stigmatizing any group, area, or individuals for the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Updated: Apr 27, 2020 18:03 IST

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Roselet Sheena Merli

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Tags: India Corona

Health Ministry calls for eradicating stigma

Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal said, "Stigma should be addressed through an intensive campaign. We've to understand that there is no risk of transmission from recovered patients. They, in fact, can be a potential source of healing for antibodies using plasma therapy."

He reached out to people about several reports of doctors, other healthcare workers, and police personnel who are being ill-treated surfaced. The Ministry has asked for them to be given the respect they deserve for being the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19.

Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health further added "We should avoid spreading misinformation and panic. No community or area should be labeled for Covid-19 spread. In particular, healthcare and sanitary workers or police should not be targeted as they are there to help you."

Regarding Coronavirus test kits Agarwal said  "At the level of ICMR we have a sufficient amount of kits as far as RT PCR test is concerned. Not only a sufficient amount of kits are available but we have also parallelly ensured geographical adequacy."