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Doctors in Nagaland join nationwide strike


Health services affected in state

Dimapur, June 18: Along with the rest of the country, the Nagaland Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed total strike Monday with complete suspension of Outpatient Department (OPD) and non essential medical services in the entire state. The medical fraternity in the state fully cooperated in observing the strike as a mark of solidarity and support.
Emergency services and In Patient Department (IPD) were, however, exempted from the purview of the strike. All OPDs of all hospitals, private clinic, nursing homes in the state remained closed.
All the private hospitals in Dimapur wore a deserted look. Notice depicting the bandh was pasted at the entrance of many hospitals in Dimapur.
The call for the total strike within the medical fraternity was taken by the apex Medical Practitioners body, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to protest over the rising violence against the medical fraternity across the country. The ‘National Protest Day’ was observed by the Medical Fraternity all over India last Friday.
A doctor from Kolkata’s NRS Medical College Dr. Paribaha Mukharjee was brutally attacked and is fighting for his life which ignited the agitation on a national level led by the IMA widely supported by all it units across the country.
Speaking to Nagaland Page, the President of the Nagaland chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr. Kezevituo Keditsu informed that all the doctors of Nagaland came forward to stop working and supported the movement in unison.
He said, “They are very happy supporting the movement and even in Dimapur and in other district it was 100 % cooperation by the medical fraternity.”
Dr. Keditsu said that in Kohima, Mokokchung and other districts of Nagaland it was total bandh and the Doctors representing the IMA from Mokochung, Kohima and Dimapur met the respective Deputy Commissioners and submitted Memorandums.
He said, “We asked the Deputy Commissioners to hand over the Memorandums to the Honourable Prime Minister of India”.
Dr. Keditsu stated that in Nagaland doctors are very often threatened on petty issue. He said, “We receive threats now and then here but not in the scale of what transpired in Kolkatta. We are aware of this very type of threats. Today it is happening in West Bengal, tomorrow it may happen to us. So every doctor in Nagaland came forward to observe the bandh”.
When enquired about the observation of the strike in other districts of the state, he said, “I have received information from Wokha and even from far away Mon and Tuensang district that it was total 100 % bandh and doctors there too stopped working”.
Dr. Keditsu conveyed his appreciation to all the Medical Fraternity in the State. He said, “I want to let all the doctors know that IMA is very grateful to them. We hope that we will have cent percent cooperation in the near future also, God forbids, if such things arise. We want to thank everybody who participated and also the public who patiently supported our strike”.
The public understand ours plights, he added. (Page News Service)