Rajasthan government cancels leave of all medical personnel as heat stroke cases rise

In light of an increasing number of cases of heat stroke in the state, the Rajasthan Medical and Health Department cancelled all medical personnel’s leave on Tuesday (May 21) and instructed them to stay at their respective workplaces.

Officials stated that all information regarding leaves and their approval must be provided to the Medical and Health Directorate. The employees will only be permitted to take leaves under special circumstances with permission from the competent level.

The Directorate released a circular announcing that the leaves of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff had been cancelled and that they were instructed to make arrangements for the prevention and treatment of heat stroke on the orders of Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Shubhra Singh.

Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director of Public Health, stated that the circular has instructions requiring control rooms at workplaces to be operational 24 hours a day. In an emergency, people can call toll-free lines 108 and 104, as well as the helpline number 1070.