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Delhi Govt Hospital Orders Nurses to Not Converse in Malayalam

New Delhi: Delhi’s Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) on Saturday ordered all its nursing staff members to use only Hindi and English for communication or else “serious action” will be taken against anyone found conversing in other languages.

A medic prepares a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Kolkata (Photo Source: PTI)
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New Delhi: Delhi’s Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) on Saturday ordered all its nursing staff members to use only Hindi and English for communication or else “serious action” will be taken against anyone found conversing in other languages.

In an official release issued by the Nursing Superintendent, the hospital announced that it had received a complaint against the use of the Malayalam language in their institute.

“A complaint has been received regarding the Malayalam language is being used for communication in working places in GIPMER. Whereas maximum patient and colleagues do not know this language and feel helpless causing a lot of inconveniences,” the circular read.

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“So it is directed to all Nursing Personnel to use only Hindi and English for communication otherwise serious action will be taken,” it added.

Violation of the basic human rights: Shashi Tharoor

Expressing his thoughts about the above-mentioned development, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took to social media and labeled the circular offensive and a complete violation of the basic human rights of an Indian citizen.

“It boggles the mind that in democratic India a government institution can tell its nurses not to speak in their mother tongue to others who understand them. This is unacceptable, crude, offensive and a violation of the basic human rights of Indian citizens. A reprimand is overdue!” he said in a tweet.

GIPMER, which is popularly known as GB Pant hospital, is a part of Maulana Azad Medical College – just like Lok Nayak Hospital. Most of the Cardio-thoracic, gastro and neurology cases from LNJP Hospital are generally referred to the Pant hospital.

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Back in March 2020, the Delhi government had earmarked six hospitals in the city for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients, which also includes the GB Pant Hospital.

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