DAK calls for black band protest today
The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of Government Medical College Srinagar and associated hospitals Tuesday protested against the harassment of their colleagues calling for an end to violence against the medical fraternity.
Three days ago, two senior doctors, including an interventional cardiologist, of SMHS hospital, were allegedly harassed by police when they were on way to their duty.
Following the two episodes, RDA GMC Srinagar held a protest at Super Speciality Hospital Shireen Bagh seeking an end to violence against doctors across J&K.
“It is highly unfortunate that such incidents are coming to fore at the time when whole medical fraternity is working tirelessly and risking their lives in fighting COVID-19,” a spokesperson of the association, Dr Amir said.
It has condemned the two incidents and said that such dent the morale of medical fraternity which in these testing times is working tirelessly in the service of humanity.
The RDA has brought it to the notice of Principal GMC Srinagar who has informed the authorities about the same.
The association requested the authorities at the helm of affairs to investigate the matter and ensure hassle-free movement of doctors on duty.
On Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora Dr Tajamul Hussain was stopped by police while he was on way to inspect a quarantine centre. It has also angered doctors.
Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has announced black band protest across Jammu and Kashmir following the three back to back episodes.
President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said in a statement that in the past 48 hours, three doctors who were on their duty were harassed and manhandled by police.
“We are announcing a one-day black band protest on Wednesday (27 May) against the accesses by government forces against the healthcare providers,” he said.
Naik appealed doctors, paramedics, and other related staff to wear black bands to protest the injustice meted out with the health care professionals.
“The families of doctors are already uncertain due to COVID-19 threat. Now the families of doctors are more concerned following the unfortunate incidents in the past four days,” he said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India asked States and Union Territories to provide security to healthcare professionals noting that incidents of violence were reported from different parts of India against healthcare workers.
“But in Kashmir it is reverse. Rather than providing the security they are harassing, beating, and not allowing doctors to perform their duties,” DAK said.
They said any such incident of violence against healthcare professionals would create a sense of insecurity amongst the entire healthcare community.