Medics body protests attacks on health facilities, unveils stir plan

KATHMANDU: Demanding professional security, Nepal Medical Association (NMA) today declared to close all health institutions nationwide except emergencies on December 28.

NMA declared that they would close all the private, public and community health institutions to pressure the authorities to fulfil their demands. NMA further threatened that if their demands were not met they would announce indefinite closure after three weeks.

Dr Kedar Narsingh KC, president NMA accused that the government was unable to provide security in the health sector and health personnel were facing threats, vandalism and manhandling time and again. “We are pressuring the government by closing health institutions, as the government did not bother to hear us,” said KC.

Addressing a press conference, he said that during the last one month they had recorded two cases of vandalism, threats and attacks on health institutions for the last two-and-half year summed up to 46.

He further demanded action against Arjun Rai, Constitutional Assembly member as was threatening Dr Upendra Devkota of National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences.

KC opined that increasing incidence of manhandling by patients’ next to kin and lack of professional security in the country had compelled doctors to leave the country. “There are around 4000 doctors serving abroad,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Anjani Kumar Jha, general secretary NMA, demanded the implementation of ‘Health Professional Protection Act’ effectively and asked the government for a five per cent waiver on service charges to private hospitals and clinics.

Jha, further, stressed that doctors serving in the remote areas should be given equal chance to serve at the centre, including the National Academy of Medical Sciences.

He said that the government should at least allocate ten per cent of the total

budget for ensuring free health services.