Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Friday suspended Odisha Assembly Dispensary Medical Officer Dr Lalit Behera for lapses under the COVID-19 regulations.
Behera had given consultation to a patient on March 16 who later tested positive thereby becoming the third Coronavirus patient in the State.
“Whereas a disciplinary proceeding against Dr Lalit Behera, Medical Officer, Zonal Dispensary, Odisha Legislative Assembly, Bhubaneswar is contemplated. Now, therefore the Competent Authority, in exercise of the powers conferred by Clause-(a) of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 12 of Odisha Civil Services (CC&A) Rules, 1962, hereby places the said Dr Lalit Behera under suspension with immediate effect,” said an order of the Health and Family Welfare Department.
Notably, the 60-year-old man from Bhubaneswar who was third from Odisha to test positive for Covid-19 had travelled to Delhi and Rewari in Haryana between March 7 and 10 with his family.
He developed flu symptoms on March 13 and had consulted in OPD of Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) Dispensary in Bhubaneswar on March 16. He had then consulted in a private hospital (Kar Clinic) OPD on March 21 and was admitted in ICU of the hospital on March 23 before being shifted to the isolation facility of Government-run Capital Hospital here. He was tested positive for the virus on March 25 evening.