Guwahati: On National Doctors' Day, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Wednesday, July 1, has acknowledged Corona warriors by announcing a one-time incentive for doctors, nurses, and other health workers in the state, in appreciation of their relentless effort in combating COVID-19 pandemic.
The CM also attributed the success of Sikkim's fight against COVID-19 to the relentless effort of the entire medical fraternity and the supporting staff. Speaking at a function at Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital, the CM said that the doctors will be given Rs 20,000, while the nursing staff and support staff will get Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively.
The incentives will be disbursed within 15 days. In his speech, he also stated that doctors symbolize the epitome of service to mankind and is considered one of the noblest professions. National Doctors' Day is celebrated on July 1 every year in commemoration of the birth and death anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. BC Roy, an eminent doctor and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.
On the occasion, the CM also expressed his gratitude via video conferencing to the medical team of isolation wards in the COVID wing of STNM Hospital and those under quarantine. "The State Health Department accepted the challenges posed by the pandemic with all readiness and exhibited a high level of management skills to ensure that each and every COVID-19 patient is handled with utmost care and compassion. The medical team has been quick to respond to the daily incidence of COVID-19 cases and in providing timely treatment. This has resulted in over 50 patients completely cured and discharged within a short span of time," the CM said.
The CM assured that the government has given the highest priority to improvement of the state healthcare system and added that "the government will make sure that the healthcare workers are not deprived of any necessary equipment or manpower."
He also added that the Government has allocated an enhanced budget of Rs. 40 crore for the health sector, with an additional 16 crore as buffer fund, to meet any exigencies.
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