Recently a very bad incident took place in Charikot, Nepal. Some have marked it as a “Black Day in Medical history of Nepal“. A team of doctors and health workers staying in the remote area and providing free service via an INGO – Government collaboration hospital was vandalized by an inhumane mob. Doctors and nurses were harassed, threatened with life and forced to appear before the camera and plea for forgiveness. The video was no different than the ones made by terrorist groups , after taking hostage of people in camera.
According to sources, a child being treated for diarrhea, expired in the hospital. The child was on improving course and patient attendants had given the child biscuit and tea. Suddenly the child turned blue and remaining course was out of hand. It clearly looks like a case of choking. Complications are part of the disease and deaths do occur in hospitals despite of all possible efforts. Sometimes, death cannot be explained even by medical science. The treating team was humiliated for it. No doctor or health worker will intend to harm his/her patient in any way. If the society cannot keep grip of their emotions, they should appeal to the court and not make Genghis-Khan decisions.
Why Defame and humiliate your doctor?
Rarely, doctors who have acquired PG degree offer to go to remote areas for service. Most new doctors are reluctant not just due to lack of facilities but also due to lack of security. Doctor working in the region was an MDGP from a reputed medical college. If people don’t value and harass doctors and other health workers in such manners, no other doctors will ever want to come to Charikot again. There is a high likelihood that iNGO working for people’s free health care in the area will shift to other safer areas.
People have problem with Free service and have problem with expensive health service. It’s time for locals of Charikot to decide which they would prefer.
What will be the implication?
The deadline has ended and all the health workers will be returning to capital, Kathmandu. People involved in the Al Qaeda style video making and taking doctors hostage are still not punished by the government. Currently, the hospital is running only ER services and all the OPD and in-patient services have been closed. If people can’t respect the service, it better be closed.
Who will be the sufferer?
The entire medical community is convinced from the last few years’ news of attack on hospitals that Dolakha is an unworkable hostile area. Today as per our poll, no single doctors will go to Charikot. So, obviously the people will be the sufferers. You cannot force a doctor to work in any area against his will, if he doesn’t want to. So if no one wants to go there, results are obvious. People will be resolving to Traditional healers again. Media’s outcry to defame doctors will not work this time.
Some baseless news media, taking desperate measures to defame doctors. It is a kind of war on doctors.
Who are behind the Incident?
This is a well plotted sequence- political local leaders, private hospital proprietors….?
Protest in the Capital: Doctors appealing to the government
The Incident marks the limit of Human tolerance, the revolt from the White Aprons has just begun. We are noble doesn’t mean we are weak.
Although the media will not support Medical personal and they write not in favor of truth but for likes and shares in facebook as people want to hear., We medical online magazine team for the first time have decided to publish an internal conflict matter which is out of our websites scope, in order to support the Right and Medical fraternity that is left isolated and alone.
We Will continue to write on the topic and create a big social buzz worldwide. If any of our doctors would like to share their opinion on ongoing security crisis for health workers in Nepal, we are open for publishing.