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Dimapur | June 14
While medical services in several states of the country were almost crippled as doctors stayed off work on June 14, in Nagaland no such effect was felt.
Members of the Nagaland chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wore black badges to work on June 14 in solidarity with the IMA’s call to protest violence against medical doctors. The Nagaland chapter of the IMA had strongly condemned the assault on a doctor in NRS Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata on June 11.
In Dimapur, Dr. DR Sharma, president of the Dimapur district branch of the IMA Nagaland said that non IMA members also participated in the protest. Nagaland has around 200 IMA members with around 85 based in Dimapur.
“We did not stop our work. But we wore black arm bands to work to show our concern and solidarity,” he said.
Queried on the working environment for medical professionals in Nagaland, he said, “So far we have not experienced incidents or threats (serious in nature) in Nagaland.” Comparatively, he said that Nagaland fares quite well as far as the security of doctors were concerned.
A senior private practitioner in Dimapur, Dr. Z. Mozhui described the working environment as quite safe. Barring some isolated incidents, he said that the attitude of the people towards medical professionals as has been “civil.”
While Nagaland may fare well in this aspect, there was one incident in Dimapur a few years back in which a doctor was allegedly targeted by miffed relatives of a patient. As the story goes, it culminated in a scuffle after the doctor stood his ground.
IMA calls for nationwide strike on June 17
New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): As the crisis in the healthcare services deepened because of the doctors’ strike in West Bengal and a number of other states, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday called for a nationwide strike on June 17, while demanding safe working conditions for doctors. The IMA also launched a three-day pan-India protest, beginning Friday to express solidarity with the junior doctors agitating against the assault of their colleague in Kolkata. “All non-essential services including OPD will be withdrawn for 24 hours starting 6 a.m. on Monday. The emergency and casualty services, however, will continue to function,” R.V. Asokan, Secretary General of IMA told IANS.