The Indian Medical Association, Assam State Branch on Tuesday, June 1 wrote to the Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in regards to the "gruesome" incident of assault on a doctor on COVID duty in a COVID Care Unit in Udali in the district of Hojai.
To start with, the IMA Assam State Branch condemned the incident and expressed the anguish of all the doctors over the insecurity in the workplace.
The IMA has called for all the doctors in Assam to abstain from Out Patient Service (OPD), including the diagnostic services on June 2, 2021 as a token of protest against the incident.
The IMA demanded for the immediate identification and arrest of all the culprits and for them to be booked them under The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, Assam Medicare Protection Act, The Assam Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of Violation and Damage to Property) Act and all other appropriate IPCs.
Also, the Association demanded a speedy trial of the case on a fast track basis so that punishment is awarded in three months.
The Association further put forward a demand for immediate arrangement of Armed Security in all Health Care Facilities including all COVID Care Centres. IMA advised the Government to consider creating a Healthcare Establishments Security Force to prevent and control such incidents.
The IMA also put out a stern warning that if the Government fails to give assurance to fulfil their demands, the IMA will give a call for boycott of all non-emergency medical services including non-critical COVID duties on June 3, 2021.
Before signing off, the letter stated that the Association has a strong belief that the Chief Minister will take some firm action and respond positively to the demands.
Meanwhile, according to the latest post on Himanta Biswa Sarma's Twitter Handle, on Wednesday, June 2, "24 culprits involved in this have been arrested and the chargesheet will be filed at the earliest."
The tweet also stated that he's monitoring this investigation personally and assured that justice will be served.
It must also be mentioned, that 'DOCTORS FOR YOU', an tele-medicine initiative by some of the doctors in Silchar, has also been suspended. According to the founder of this initiative, Dr. Dawipayan Deb, their services shall not resume unless and until the "culprits" involved in the incident are arrested.