The 1st day of the protest and strike by IMA and APDA crippled the OPD services in the capital complex

The 1st day of the protest and strike by IMA and APDA crippled the OPD services in the capital complex

ITANAGAR, MAY 7 : The strike and protest call given by Arunachal Medical Association and Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association has crippled the OPD service in the capital complex. Informed the IMA-AP sources.

The IMA-AP chapter President Dr. Losang Tsetem informed that it was a symbolic protest and only the OPD services were affected in the capital complex and all other services were as usual and also the doctors deployed on Covid duty were performing normally keeping in view the health of public and Covid pandemic.

We have not placed any demand to authority but our protest and strike is against the physical assault and vandalizing of medical institutions time and again and people need to understand the situation and responsibility. He said today is the 1st day and we shall continue for the 2nd day and if no action is properly initiated we may plan for the next phase of democratic movement. President IMA-AP said.

Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare minister Alo Libang has urged people of the state to respect doctors and do not resort to physical assault to settle any disagreement. While reacting to protests launched by Indian Medical Association’s state branch (IMA-AP) and the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) against recent assault on doctors of Hormin hospital, Libang said concerns raised by doctors are genuine.

“Yesterday I met representatives of IMA and listened to their grievances. I also conveyed to them that this situation is not conducive for protest considering the present situation in view of the rising case of Covid 19. But they have assured that emergency service and Covid 19 patients will not be affected,’ said Libang.

He also shared that he spoke to police officials of the capital complex and they have assured safety and security for the doctors. “Doctors are playing a very important role in the battle against Covid 19. Everyone including citizens should extend support to them at this critical juncture,” he added. The health minister also informed that the state government has recruited 66 new doctors and they are being posted in various parts of the state.

Further the minister said that the department has identified 17 hospitals across the state which will have oxygen generation plants.  “In 8 hospitals already plants have started to function and work to set up plants has started in another 4 hospitals,” said the health minister.

Libang said there are enough Covid 19 testing kits in the state.

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