Assaults of the healthcare workers, saddening but a recurring fact

As per the data, more than 400 cases of coronavirus-related attacks were recorded in the country till March of last year.

<strong>Smita D Talukdar</strong> - Editor-In-Chief, Fit Northeast
Smita D Talukdar - Editor-In-Chief, Fit Northeast
While the world is acknowledging the roles of healthcare workers in the face of the hovering clouds of the disastrous coronavirus, the alarming and genuinely dismaying accounts of several healthcare workers being subject to many brutalities in the northeastern states, and the country as a whole, reflects the paradoxical nature of Indian society.
As per the data, more than 400 cases of coronavirus-related attacks were recorded in the country till March of last year. Rather than being prevented, such incidents have seen quite a rise in the past few months in the country. Most of these attacks were carried out by either the patient or their families or both.

Although India made violence against healthcare workers a non-bailable offence on the 22nd of April this year, on-ground levels, it seems to fail to restrict the violence against the frontline workers who are putting their lives at stake for our safety.

Besides, even when the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded rigorous jurisdictions to stop any occurrence of violence against healthcare workers, will booking a few perpetrators of the crime stop others from repeating the same?

From the news of healthcare workers at Delhi's Apollo hospital being the recipient of the wrath of violence on the 27th of April of this year to the recent incident of a mob assault of a junior doctor in the Hojai district of the Northeast, there are hundreds of more such horrifying stories surfacing from the country at every interval.

The frequent excuse of the people assaulting the medical professionals is that the medical assistance provided to their loved ones was inadequate in some nature to have cost them their lives.

The facts state otherwise in most instances, such as in the recent incident of Hojai. While the family accused the junior doctor and his medical team of heedlessness, the doctor affirmed that the patient was already dead before being brought down to the facility.

While losing a loved one can be heartwrenching and a profound emotion to deal with, blaming the ones trying their best to save the individual is not justifiable. Leave alone assaulting them.

A week ago, experts opined that Northeast India could be the next hotspot for coronavirus in the country. In the face of such impending danger, can we afford to injure the one pillar of our society that lights a ray of hope in our direction?

With limited medical facilities in the adjoining states of the Northeast coupled with the lack of adherence to the SOPs of Covid-19 in the region, the number of active cases is rising.

We might not have a prepared plan for what the future holds.

As in the moment of heat, we are destroying medical facilities and assaulting our healthcare workers. Can we avoid the fact that we are disabling our chance of availing medical assistance in the hour of need?

Instead of being appreciative of their service, we are forcing the medical professionals to go on a strike to make the authorities protect them from the savagenesses of the patients they are striving to save in the first place.

The unthoughtful actions of a few people can, in fact, bring the doom of many.

At Fit Northeast, as a responsible organisation of the country, we condemn such acts of violence at the humanitarian level. We would further take the opportunity to urge our readers to be responsible in their conduct and speak against such incidents of inhumanity.

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