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Attack on doctors at Balipatna CHC: OMSA demands strict action

20/07/2021 at 7:29 PM

Balipatna, July 20: Recent incidents of attack against doctor and nurse of Balipatna Community Health Centre (CHC) by the beleaguered relatives of patients have raised a lot of concern about the safety of the healthcare workers in India. The Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA) has demanded action against the attackers and deployment of police in hospital premises.

On Tuesday, the members of doctors’ body reached at the CHC and took stock of the situation.  The OMSA has also warned that the doctors won’t perform emergency duty until the attackers were arrested.

Notably, a patient, identified as Chittaranjan Behera of Athar village, was brought to the hospital on Monday at around 11 pm for treatment. Doctor Ratiranjan Swain prescribed an injection to him and asked nurse Sheela Sahoo to give the injection.

However, the nurse delayed in giving the injection to the patient. Enraged over the delay, the patient and the relative resorted to vandalism, and attacked the doctors, staff, and a security guard.

Being informed, Balipatna police reached the spot and started an investigation into the matter.

Recently, he Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Union Home minister Amit Shah, requesting him to approve a comprehensive, uniform and effective law against healthcare violence. IMA has also asked the Centre to declare hospitals as protective zones.

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