Srinagar: Scores of doctors carried out a peaceful protest at a hospital here against the alleged harassment of their colleagues by police recently.
The doctors assembled at the premises of Super Speciality Hospital here.
They carried placards with relevant messages to register their protest.
Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) also announced black-band protest across Jammu and Kashmir following recent incidents in which doctors were allegedly “manhandled, harassed and not allowed to reach their duties amid COVID-19 outbreak.”
On Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora Dr Tajamul Hussain was stopped by police while he was on way to inspect a quarantine centre and sample collection centre in Bandipora.
President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said in a statement said that in the past 48 hours, three doctors who were on their duty, were “harassed and manhandled” by police.
“We are announcing a one day black band protest on Wednesday (27 May) against the accesses by government forces against the healthcare providers,” he said.
Dr Naik appealed doctors, paramedics, and other related staff of J&K to wear black bands on Wednesday to protest the injustice meted out with the health-care professionals.
“The families of doctors are already uncertain due to COVID-19 threat. Now the families of doctors are more concerned following the unfortunate incidents in the past four days,” he said.
DAK also appealed the government especially the law enforcement agencies to implement the ordinance recently framed by President of India to safeguard the frontline workers.
“Unfortunately the law enforcement agencies are violating the rules and regulations and are harassing the doctors which is highly unfortunate,” it said.
General Secretary DAK, Dr Ovais H Dar said that the doctors’ body “is in hand to hand with every doctor across Jammu and Kashmir.”
“The three episodes in which doctors were harassed by the government forces need to investigated thoroughly and action should be initiated against those involved in it,” he said.
DAK has expressed serious concern saying that that are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and unfortunately their colleagues are being harassed and not allowed to perform their professional obligations.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India asked States and Union Territories to provide security to healthcare professionals noting that incidents of violence were reported from different parts of India against healthcare workers.
“But in J&K it is reverse. Rather than providing security they are harassing, beating, and not allowing doctors to perform their duties,” it said adding that Government of India guidelines need to be implemented.
DAK said that at this time, any such incident of violence against healthcare professionals would create a sense of insecurity amongst the entire healthcare community.