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Published On: Monday May 22, 2017
All Medical college, hospitals, allied medical and paramedical fraternity along with IMA Mangaluru, from across the district and even Udupi on Monday March 22 held a protest against the recent assault and abduction of a senior surgeon and a senior lady nursing staff by a mob, and demanded the government and the authorities concerned to take measures to ensure safety of doctors.
On March 16, Dr Abhijith Shetty, assistant professor at Yenepoya Medical College and Hospital,was allegedly dragged from the ICU, by a mob of nearly 40 people. He was assaulted and kidnapped by a mob after a patient who was admitted to the hospital passed away. He was rescued by his colleagues with the help of the police, and 8 accused have been arrested so far.
The protest called by Mangaluru chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) began with a march from Dr Ambedkar circle to Nehru Maidan . More than ten thousands of professionals and students from medical and paramedical sectors expressed their support against assault and demanded justice. In the event of bandh, all medical services in hospitals and clinic were closed, but emergency services and ICU functioned normally in the city.
Dr Raghavendra Bhat, IMA Mangaluru president , Addressing the protest, said, “In the year 2009, law was formalized making attacks on doctors a non-bailable offense, and punishable as a criminal case, but so far not even one culprit has been charged under this law.
“Mangaluru being a medical hub, this is a big insult to our proffession. It should never repeat. The government is sleeping and we need to wake it up. This is for the first time that we are gathering in such large numbers. This unity should last,” he added.
Dr Shantharam Shetty, Pro chancellor NITTE University said, “We have gathered in large numbers on a sad note when of our colleagues was manhandled and humiliated by 40 men. We need to tell the general public and the politicians how pained and saddened we are as medical fraternity. This has been a peaceful protest as only outpatient departments have closed. Today we showed our strength by gathering in large numbers. We treat patients as our brothers and sisters, then how can we be negligent? It is not the relatives of patients but goons who come in and manhandle doctors.”
The protesting doctors led by IMA also submitted a memorandum to the DC urging for a quick investigation into the Yenepoya case and measures to prevent such incidents in future.