Bangalore: A 43-year old government doctor on coronavirus duty died of suicide in Mysore district in Karnataka. Some of the colleagues of the government doctor alleged he was under severe work pressure.
The Karnataka government said an inquiry has been ordered into the death of the doctor. It also advised those battling the virus not to succumb to any pressure.
According to police, Taluk Health Officer Dr SR Nagendra was found hanging at his quarters in Alanahalli. He had been staying alone there. Dr Nagendra’s family was residing in another area in Mysore district. The doctor chose to stay alone out of fear of contracting the virus and spreading it, police said.
Some of his colleagues alleged there was intense work pressure on him as he had been on COVID-19 duty.
Mourning his death, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar in a series of tweets also advised the corona warriors not to succumb to any pressure. He asked them to share their problems with their superiors. The Minister said being a doctor himself, he understood the pressure under which the medical professionals work.
Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu too mourned the death of Dr Nagendra. He said he will try and get a detailed report of the incident.
“I have ordered an inquiry into the case. Anyone found guilty will not be spared. There is no need for people to panic,” Sriramulu tweeted.