Nagaland

Assault on Doctor at Wokha; Medical fraternity threaten to cease work

Kohima, April 20 (NE): The latest development of assault on doctor at Wokha on April 17, 2020, takes a serious turn as the medical fraternity of Nagaland issues one week ultimatum to take action against erring police personnel who were involved in the assault, failing to this, entire medical fraternity has threatened to cease work.

It is important to note that, unlike the last assault incident on a doctor at Dimapur, this time even after two days, there is no statement yet from Ministers or Police departments which had raised a serious concern while the state is fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

A joint representation addressed to Nagaland Chief Secretary, Home Commissioner and Director General of Police, by the Indian Dental Association, Nagaland State branch (IDANB), Indian Medical Association (IMA), Nagaland State Branch and Nagaland AYUSH Doctors Association (NADA) expressed pain and anguish on the barbaric act committed on a bonafide member of IDANSB by the police personnel on duty on April 17 at Wokha.

The assault on the doctor not only caused massive injuries to him but have caused trauma to the victim and his family, including the entire medical fraternity, it added.

Despite identifying him as a medical professional, he was not spared. Let aside the medical fraternity, the police personnel on duty had no right to assault any citizen in such manner. This incident happened when all the IDANSB members are waiting to be trained to combat Covid-19 pandemic, stated the joint representation.

Assaulting doctors by police personnel in the state had become a habit. Even before the first assault’s wound is healed, the second incident occurred. In good faith, the first incident which happened at Dimapur was compromised. But the repeated incident had left a huge scar in the minds of medical professionals in general, it stated.

Further the joint representation of medical fraternity of Nagaland demand action against erring police personnel within a period of one week, failing to this, the entire medical fraternity shall resort to cease work, it stated.

While seeking prompt action to boost the moral of the medical fraternity, it also reminds that failure to show firmness at this stage may encourage further misconduct.

The issue had become a large public issue which cannot be allowed to settle indoors. The rule of law must reign supreme, the representation stated.