Punjab farm union leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan tests positive for Covid-19
On Saturday, Bhartiya Kisan Union president Joginder Singh Ugrahan tested positive for Covid-19. This has fuelled fears over health of thousands of farmers sitting at various protesting sites in the national capital.
Joginder Singh Ugrahan is a prominent leader who is currently spearheading the ongoing farmers’ protest. He is the president of BKU Ekta Ugrahan which is one of the largest farm unions in Punjab. The 75-year-old leader complained of high fever and breathing issues and eventually tested positive for corona.
On Saturday, Bathinda civil surgeon Dr TS Dhillon revealed that Singh is being treated at Nivaran Hospital in Bathinda.
While confirming the news, the medical officer at the hospital, Dr Kulwinder Singh said, “He came to the hospital on March 17 claiming that he was getting fever and breathing issues since a week. He was put under observation and his samples were sent for examination and has tested positive for Covid. He is responding to treatment.”
He further added that Joginder’s condition is stable. He has been isolated for 14 days.
BKU Ekta Ugrahan is a left leaning organisation which has been continuously working at the forefront of the farmer’s protest. Its president, Joginder Singh was busy attending Kisan panchayats at various places along with other farmer leaders to gather support, just before he tested positive. He shared protest venues with hundreds of farmers.
According to the health officials, he was the first farmer leader who tested positive for covid-19. The health officer said, “Many of the farmer leaders have refused to undergo tests and the health teams have not been given an access to the protest sites to carry out testing. It could turn out to a major scare and chances of virus spreading at these sites are quite high.”
Reports have said that the vaccination camps installed near the protesting sites by the local administration at Tikri have failed to receive much response.