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A Surge in Violence against Doctors and Health Care Workers Witnessed in India, Medical Association Demands Effective Laws

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As India struggles with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers in the nation are continuously serving people despite immense persistent hardships. They continue putting the larger interest of the nation at priority by providing their services to help people in need of medical assistance.

 

However, in a terrible incident in Assam’s Hojai a health worker was -beaten up at a COVID care center (CCC) by relatives of a patient who passed away. More than 15 persons were arrested in connection with the attack.

 

Dr. Seuj Kumar Senapati on his first day in service was mercilessly beaten up with utensils and blunt weapons by the relatives of Giyasuddin a covid 19 patient who died. Doctor Senapati said that the relatives told him the patient was serious but when he checked his health condition, he found him to be already dead. Soon, they started vandalizing the hospital furniture and attacking him.

 

Newly elected Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Sarma took the incident into consideration and after arresting the assaulters tweeted, “24 culprits involved in this barbaric attack have been arrested.”

The Assam Medical Service Association (AMSA) expressed extreme unhappiness at the incident. AMSA said to boycott all outpatient department (OPD) services if the culprits are not arrested by 7 am on the morning of June 2.

 

After the attack on Senapati in Hojai, a new similar incident was reported from Cachar district in the state of Assam. Some people obstructed a team of healthcare workers while they were conducting Covid tests. The incident took place in the Sindura tea garden in Cachar. As per the complaint registered four offenders misbehaved with healthcare workers who went there for performing RAT and RTPCR testing. 

According to one of the health workers the people in the district were of the view that health workers will falsely label a few people as COVID positive and will take them along with them. He added that two people turned positive during the testing to which their family members created a ruckus. 

 

Violence against the health workers was reported in Jharkhand’s Khunti district where the villagers attacked the civic workers. The Covid warriors went to the rural area in order to raise vaccine awareness. 

Most of the cases of such assaults come from the rural areas of the states of India. With a lack of education and awareness, rural India struggles to comprehend the larger issues. The spread of fake news in India and the lack of trust between the masses and the government create an uncertain atmosphere. Government should take stringent actions against the miscreants.

 

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