Itanagar: The Indian Medical Association-Arunachal Pradesh (IMA-AP) has decided to carry on with their protest on Saturday as well, instead of curtailing it to 24 hours, as announced on Thursday.

The IMA-AP, along with the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA), on Wednesday, announced a two-day statewide strike on May 7 and 8 in protest against the alleged act of violence against a doctor and vandalism at the Samaritan Hormin Hospital in Naharlagun. The incident happened on Monday following the death of a female patient who had undergone a minor knee surgery.

The state’s medical fraternity, however, later announced that they would curtail the same to a day following an assurance from the government to look into the matter.

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“We reviewed the situation of the protest in an executive body meeting today and the house unanimously decided to continue the 2-day protest as decided earlier. The decision to do so was taken in absence of any formal statement from the government regarding the incident as it assured in a meeting on Thursday,” IMA-AP president Lobsang Tsetim said in a statement on Friday evening.

According to the medical fraternity, state Health Minister Alo Libang, while expressing concern over the incident on Thursday, assured to strictly pursue the matter under the Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Medical Service Personnel and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damages or Loss of Property) Act, 2019.

The minister had also assured to provide compensation for the damages caused during the incident.

Dr Tsetim said the house also decided to launch the second phase of agitation in a more intensified manner if the culprits are not arrested within the next ten days.

However, the doctors will continue to render their untiring service for all emergency and COVID related duties, he added.

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