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Nagaland In-Service doctors call for 'complete shutdown of medical services' on Aug 26

The decision comes after the alleged "brutal assault" of a doctor in Dimapur; Emergency services to continue

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: Protesting against the "brutal assault" of a doctor by IRB personnel in Dimapur on August 21, the Nagaland In-Service Doctors Association (NIDA) has called for a complete shutdown of all medical services throughout the state on August 26 for 24 hours with effect from 6:00 am.

An official update from NIDA President Dr Ritu Thurr and Secretary Dr Ahu Sekhose said that the complete shutdown is to show its "resentment towards atrocities". However, emergency services will remain functional.

NIDA recalled the "barbaric assault" by erring police personnel on Dr Nosezol Sezo on April 3 at Dimapur and Dr Mongshithung on April 17 at Wokha. It said that as a "matured organisation", NIDA "refrained from taking any drastic action, keeping in mind the sacred responsibility of public health as its top priority."

The "brutal assault" on Dr Atoka Wotsa on August 21 night by "some rogue IRB personnel goes to show that concerned authority has not taken any corrective measures in disciplining its personnel", said the statement.

The fraternity expressed confidence on the government's assurance to expedite the inquiry process within four days and requested the government to implement the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 that was promulgated on April 22, in the state.

Meanwhile, Nagaland opposition party--Naga People's Front (NPF), condemned the incident expressing "deep anguish over the alleged physical assault on medical personnel by an IRB patrol party at Dhobinala, Dimapur on the fateful night".

Alleging that Dr. Atoka Wotsa, a Pathologist who was on active COVID-19 duty in charge of the COVID Care Centre in Chumukedima while on duty was "punched and hit with a stick" by IRB personnel on patrol duty, the NPF condemned high-handedness of the security personnel.

It said that the incident cannot be termed as unfortunate, as many similar attacks on the medical personnel by the police forces have been reported time and again. "Therefore, the Government of the day should take full responsible for such brutally high-handedness incident and the Government should also assured the safety of the people," an official note from the party said.
"The lackadaisical attitude of the PDA Government clearly shows that there is no proper coordination between various Government departments and machineries. During the time of pandemic, the Government is supposed to be monitoring and supervising the whole situation, however, the poor coordination within the Government set up has proven their incapability to handle the Government," it added.
The party added that even though an inquiry committee has been set up to probe the case, it demands a "clear written explanation from the Home Minister, Y Patton as to why the police personnel have become a threat of the society and assurance to booked the guilty immediately".

The Naga Students' Federation (NSF) through a press statement condemned the incident expressing strong resentment against such recurring incidents.

Through its president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R Kikon, NSF appealed the authorities to take stern disciplinary action on the erring personnel as per the law. It also appealed to all the frontline workers for more co-ordinated efforts amongst the circle to ensure that such untoward incidents are averted in the near future.

Acknowledging the yeomen service being rendered by the state police force towards ensuring the proper enforcement of lockdown measures, it said that "one of incidents such as this that takes away the shine from their selfless sacrifices". It also appreciated the medical fraternity for their services.

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