HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR/DAMAK: Ambulance drivers in Jhapa and Morang stopped their services from today in protest of attacks on emergency vehicles during strikes across the country.
Mechi Ambulance Driver’s Association, which today staged a protest in front of Area Police Office, Damak, said its members will not resume services until the government guarantees security.
“We work day and night to save others’ lives but there is no security to our own lives,” lamented Narayan Mandal, vice-chairperson of the association.
Over 100 ambulances in Jhapa and 52 in Morang did not ferry patients today, a day after bandh enforcers attacked an ambulance ferrying a patient at Bhaunne of Morang, along the East-West highway. Driver Laxmi Mishra was seriously injured in the incident.
He is now receiving treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences. Earlier today, bandh enforcers assaulted ambulance driver Dilip Shrestha at Topgachhi of Jhapa. Similarly, ambulance driver Amit Shrestha was assaulted in Duhabi of Sunsari.
Inspector Hari Khatiwda of the police office and Area Administration Office Damak chief Trilochan Rimal have vowed to address the drivers’ concerns. CDO Narendra Raj Sharma of Jhapa also said security would be provided for ambulances drivers. He also urged the ambulance drivers to resume services.