Violence against healthcare personnel unacceptable: PM

New Delhi: Violence against healthcare personnel and rude behaviour towards them are not acceptable, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, noting that such incidents are a result of 'mob mentality'.

Addressing the 25th foundation day of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru via video, Modi said he is aware of 'an area that is of great concern to you all'.

"Due to a mob mentality, those working on the frontlines, those on duty -- be it doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, others are subject to violence," he said.

The prime minister said he want to make it clear that "violence, abuse and rude behaviour is not acceptable."

The prime minister said at the root of India's brave fight against COVID-19 is the hard work of the medical community and the corona warriors.

"In fact, doctors and medical workers are like soldiers, but without the soldiers' uniform.The virus may be an invisible enemy, but our corona warriors, medical workers are invincible. In the battle of invisible versus invincible, our medical workers are sure to win," he said.

The prime minister noted that steps have been taken to protect healthcare personnel.

"Steps have been taken to protect you against any form of violence.We have also provided an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for those on the frontline (of fighting the pandemic)," he said. Desk: Asianet Online