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24-hour NIDA shutdown hampers health services in Nagaland

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Kohima, August 26: Healthcare services across Nagaland remained closed on Wednesday in protest against police assault on doctors. The 24-hours shutdown called by the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) was also supported by private practitioners by closing down private healthcare services.
The shutdown of health services, which started at 6 am on Wednesday, throughout the State was called to express resentment against the atrocities meted to the medical fraternity by some police personnel for the third time, said NIDA president Dr Ritu Thurr.
“We are not against the Police Department or the Government but only raising our concern against the atrocities on the doctors,” he said.
“Everything went well across the State while the private practitioners also supported the agitation,” he said.
Expressing regret for the inconvenience caused to the general public due to the shutdown, Dr Thurr assured that the medical fraternity and health care providers will resume normal activities on conclusion of the set 24 hours, which ends at 6 am on Thursday.
“Our profession is service to humanity and we cannot let the sick people suffer because of the mistake of some individual,” he said.
Asked on the counter FIR against Dr Atoka Wotsa, the victim of the alleged police assault on the night of August 21, Dr Thurr said, “Let the inquiry committee or the court take its own course”.
Announcing the shutdown on August 24, NIDA officials had said that in spite of the ‘barbaric assault’ by erring police personnel on Dr Nosezol Sezo on April 3 at Dimapur and Dr Mongshithung on April 17 at Wokha, the association, as a matured organization, refrained from taking any drastic action, keeping in mind the sacred responsibility of public health as its top priority.
NIDA said the brutal assault on Dr Atoka Wotsa on the night of August 21 by some ‘rogue’ IRB personnel goes to show that concerned authority has not taken any corrective measures in disciplining its personnel.
In support of the agitation, all health care services in the State, including private hospitals remained shut except to care for emergency needs and also for in-patients.
Following the alleged assault on Dr Wotsa, the State Home Department had constituted a 3-member inquiry committee headed by Commissioner & Secretary, Neposo Theluo as chairman on August 23 and asked them to submit their report within 7-days.
Patton expresses concern
Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, who is also in charge of Home Department, while appreciating the selfless services rendered by the frontline workers especially during this time of pandemic, has expressed concern over the recent incident involving a doctor and police personnel in Dimapur.
He reiterated that the Government has taken strong exception of the incident and immediately set up an independent enquiry committee headed by an officer in the rank of Commissioner & Secretary with two senior officers to go into the details of the case and to submit its report within four days.
The principle of natural justice and rule of law is prerequisite consideration before initiating action, he said.
The Deputy CM said on receiving the committee report, the Government will examine and initiate necessary action against anyone found guilty as per the laid down procedures and the law of the land.
While assuring justice in the case, he appealed to all section of society to cooperate with the Government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. (Page News Service)