Doctor committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh
- The deceased was assistant professor in Guntur Govt Medical College and Hospital
- A search operation is underway for finding his body
- Last week, a doctor in Karnataka’s Mysuru had committed suicide allegedly due to work pressure
Amaravati: After the recent suicide of a doctor in Karnataka, a similar incident has come to light from Andhra Pradesh, where a 42-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by jumping off from a bridge into Krishna River in Vijayawada on Sunday, according to police.
The deceased was identified as A Srinivas, assistant professor in Guntur Govt Medical College and Hospital. Before jumping off into the river, he left his identity card, phone and a face shield on the roadside. A search operation is underway to find his body.
Doctor ends life in Karnataka
In Karnataka, a 42-year-old doctor, who was serving the taluk health officer of Nanjangud in Mysuru, hanged himself to death allegedly due to work pressure. Mysuru Zila panchayat chief executive officer Prashant Kumar Mishra had allegedly asked the now-deceased doctor, identified as Dr SR Nagendra, to increase COVID-19 tests in the taluk.
An audio conversation between the now-deceased doctor and the administrative officer went viral after the former’s death. In the viral audio, the administrative officer can be heard saying: “How many swabs have we asked you to extract & how many are u extracting, have I given you the kits to play? Is this a joke? You are playing with my patience now. For a week you are conducting only 25 or 26 (COVID-19) tests (a day), I will teach you a lesson. You were supposed to do 150 tests a day, I can understand if you at least do 100.”
Following Nagedra’s death, government doctors and health personnel flared up in protests on Thursday, demanding lesser administrative interference with the work of medical professionals. The healthcare personnel resumed work after CM BS Yediyurappa assured that he would consider their demands at a meeting on Monday.
An offence has been registered against Mishra for abetting Nagendra’s suicide. Also, Rs 50 lakh as compensation has been announced for the deceased doctor’s family members.