24 arrested for assaulting doctor at COVID-19 Care Centre in Assam
The incident occurred on Tuesday at Udali in Hojai district after the dying of an individual who examined optimistic.
The police in central Assam’s Hojai district have arrested 24 individuals for assaulting a doctor at a COVID-19 Care Centre (CCC).
A mob assaulted Seuj Kumar Senapati, the doctor, and different workers of the Udali CCC on Tuesday apart from damaging the healthcare facility. A video on the incident circulated through social media confirmed the mob kicking and hitting the doctor on his head with medical gear with one individual additionally fishing out a knife.
Two others, together with a girl, have been additionally injured in the assault.
The attackers had alleged negligence by the doctor and his medical group for the dying of 1 Giyasuddin who was admitted to the CCC after testing COVID-19 optimistic.
“The relatives told me the patient was serious but when I examined his health condition, I found him to be already dead. Soon, they started vandalising the hospital furniture and attacking me,” Dr. Senapati mentioned.
It was his first day of service.
“We are taking the physical assault incident on Dr. Senapati of Udali Hospital very seriously. He’s fighting the pandemic at the frontline, so any assault on him is like assaulting all the frontline workers,” State’s Director-General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta mentioned.
He added that the 24 arrested included a girl and the primary perpetrators of the assault earlier than daybreak on Wednesday.
“I am personally monitoring the investigation [into the assault] and I promise that justice will be served,” Chief Minister (*24*) Biswa Sarma mentioned.
The outpatient division at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital and different authorities healthcare amenities have been closed from 8 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday to protest the Udali incident.
“We have not touched emergency services besides limiting the closure of the OPD in order not to cause inconvenience to the patients beyond a certain point,” a member of a docs’ affiliation mentioned.
He reminded the federal government of the Assam Medical Protection Act framed in the course of the time period of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led coalition authorities. “This Act needs to be implemented at the earliest for protection of hospitals and the lives of healthcare workers,” he mentioned.
The Indian Medical Association has condemned the assault on Dr. Senapati and others at the Udali CCC.