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As a mark of protest, doctors attending to patients  in Agartala Government Medical College wore helmets on Monday
As a mark of protest, doctors attending to patients in Agartala Government Medical College wore helmets on Monday|EastMojo image
TRIPURA

Why Tripura docs wore helmets to attend to patients during strike

All OPDs in govt hospitals remained closed on Monday as doctors took to streets in Agartala to protest against attacks on healthcare professionals across the country

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Demanding enactment of a central law to check violence against healthcare workers, agitating doctors at different government medical colleges and hospitals across the state were seen attending to patients wearing helmets in Tripura on Monday.

Agartala Government Medical College and GB Pant Hospital medical superintendent Dr Prasenjit Kumar Das said that even though the OPD was closed for the day on Monday due to the strike, other emergency services were running as usual.

As a part of the protest, doctors in Agartala Medical College staged a silent sit-in demonstration by wearing black badges and holding placards. Students of the college along with the professors and other doctors also took part in the demonstration.

Meanwhile, doctors on duty at emergency departments of some other government-run hospitals also attended to patients wearing helmets as a mark of protest against attack on doctors.

Officials of Tripura Medical College and Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital also joined duty wearing black badges in protest.

Patients in large numbers coming from different remote areas of the state had to return home without getting any treatment as services of OPDs at almost all the government hospitals in Tripura were suspended due to the 24-hour-long nationwide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) starting from 6 am on Monday.