The viral video of Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) deputy commissioner Talo Potom scolding a senior doctor at the Ita fort Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC) has not gone well with several doctors from the region.

Many have resorted to seeking the chief minister’s interference in the incident.

Around 30 doctors from the ICR on Thursday wrote to chief minister Pema Khandu stating that “the statements made by Potom have hurt the sentiments of the doctors’ fraternity and the same is weakening them to work effectively.”

Potom in the viral video can be seen scolding the medical officer after a couple was reportedly turned away from the vaccination centre for not registering online.

The doctor concerned, on the other hand, is heard saying that she was not aware of the new guidelines of vaccination registration that also allows people to register themselves by walking in at the centre.

“The language used by our learned DC in the viral video where he says that “aap log aisa karke pura aadmi ko marane ke liye plan karke rakha hai kya” (have you planned to kill the common people like this) and “aap log aisa karke pura samaj ko kharab karta hai” (you are spoiling the society) has really hurt sentiments and the senior doctor and other staffs of the Ita fort UPHC are morally, mentally and physically devastated and the same is weakening them to work effectively,” the doctors said in their letter.

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The doctors further said that the delay in vaccination is not because of vaccine administration, but due to the confusion of onsite, online and offline registration system, and the message which is not percolated down to the field level health workers in a proper and coordinated manner.

Further highlighting several other plights faced by the doctors at the Ita fort UPHC which has population coverage for healthcare delivery of around 65,000, the doctors said “it is very demoralising and disappointing when they are subjected to unnecessary scolding by the public and also by the higher authority or administration for no fault of theirs.”

Such acts in front of the media and public would send a wrong message and may incite law and order problem. Also, the social media trolls being inflicted on our health staff is something we cannot tolerate, the doctors said.

The doctors have further appealed to the chief minister to kindly look into the matter on utmost priority, in order to lift the morale of the healthcare staff.

DC Potom could not be contacted for his comments on the matter.

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