Bengaluru: Reports of a teacher couple testing positive for COVID-19 in Moodabidri had grabbed the attention of citizens in Karnataka.

People started blaming the government for not providing the teachers with proper safety equipment and forcing them to work during the pandemic. However, there is a sigh of relief for the teachers’ family now.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has said, the government will bear the full cost of the treatment of the teacher from Shirtadi in Moodabidri taluk, N Padmakshi, who was infected with COVID-19.

Suresh Kumar claimed that immediately after hearing reports of the teacher couple testing positive for COVID-19 he telephoned the Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Director of Public Education Department and instructed them to take good care of the teachers.

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The Deputy Commissioner then called teacher Padmakshi’s daughter Aishwarya and confirmed to her that the government will take full care of her mother’s treatment.

Suresh Kumar added that the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had also spoken to the Deputy Commissioner and instructed him to take all necessary steps to treat the teacher.

The Deputy Commissioner also discussed with the hospital administration and told them that the government will bear the treatment bill of the teacher.