Dimapur, August 25: All healthcare services, including pharmacies, will remain closed for 24-hours across Nagaland in protest against police assaults on doctors in the State. However, emergency services will remain functional.
The Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) had called the shutdown of medical services in the State to show resentment towards police brutality against doctors.
On April 23, Dr Nosezol Sezo was assaulted by police personnel in Dimapur, followed by assault on Dr Mongshithung on April 17 at Wokha. The latest incident that triggered the ire of the NIDA was the alleged assault on Dr Atoka Wotsa on the night of August 21 by IRB personnel at Dimapur.
NIDA has also appealed to the Government of Nagaland to implement the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 that was promulgated on April 22, 2020, in the State.
Meanwhile the Nagaland Private Doctors Association (NPDA), National Health Mission Employees Association (NEAN), Nagaland Ayush Doctors Association (NADA), Indian Dental Association, Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB) and the Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) have extended solidarity to NIDA and decided to close down their services on August 26.
NPDA: The Nagaland Private Doctors Association (NPDA) has extended full support and cooperation to the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) decision by closing down all healthcare services within Nagaland for 24-hours from 6 am on August 26.
However, emergency services will remain functional, said NPDA president, Dr Victo A Wotsa.
The NPDA also strongly condemned the barbaric and physical assault on Dr Atoka Wotsa on August 21 night by erring IRB personnel.
NEAN: The National Health Mission Employees Association (NEAN) has decided to participate in the call for complete shutdown of medical services on August 26 by NIDA against the atrocities meted to Dr Atoka Wotsa on August 21 by IRB personnel at Dimapur.
The NEAN in solidarity with the NIDA requested all its members to cooperate and observe the total shut down of all medical services on August 26 to protest against repeated assault on health workers.
The NEAN also demanded justice against such atrocities and appealed to the concerned authority to take necessary disciplinary action against the erring personnel to avoid such incidences in future.
NADA: The Nagaland Ayush Doctors Association (NADA) has also decided to suspend all Ayush services in the State on August 26 in solidarity with the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association.
In a release, NADA condemned the August 21 police assault on Dr Atoka Wotsa, saying such reprehensible conduct has no place in a civilized society.
In this regard we stand in solidarity with NIDA and support the course of action it has decided to take in response to this incident, it said.
IDANSB: The Indian Dental Association, Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB) has also decided to shutdown all dental units in Nagaland to observe the total shutdown called by NIDA to protest the assault on Dr Atoka Wotsa by IRB personnel.
The IDANSB requested all members to observe the shutdown to ensure total success of the protest.
NMDA: The Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) has resolved to close all medical shops on August 26 from 6 am to 6 pm in solidarity with the State medical fraternity.
Directing all medical retail/wholesale shop to remain closed on August 26, the NMDA, however, informed that for meeting emergency medical services, one shop each in different localities will be kept open.
Condemning assaults on doctors on COVID-19 duty in the State, the NMDA appealed to the concerned authorities to deliver justice to the aggrieved doctors at the earliest.
(Page News Service)