Dhangadi, March 4.
Doctors have halted health services at all the health facilities for the last two weeks in Doti, after a doctor was thrashed at the district hospital..
After the incident, government doctors left the district halting all health services. All the health facilities in the district have been running without doctors for a fortnight..
Doctors, including the medical superintendent, have left the district citing security reasons after Dr Jitendra Singh was manhandled at the district hospital. .
Government Doctors' Association had directed doctors to leave the district for Kathmandu citing security reasons. Doctors who left the district are reporting to the Ministry of Health on periodic service in Kathmandu..
Hundreds of patients in the district have been hit hard due to doctors' unavailability at health facilities. However, doctors are not ready to join their duty until their security concerns are addressed. .
An all-party meeting held in the district urged the doctors to return to the district, but to no avail..
Doti CDO Surya Bahadur Khatri, however, condemned doctors' remark that there was lax security in the district. “It is very important to know whether there is lack of security or doctors are reluctant to work in the district,” CDO Khatri said. He also vented anger on the Government Doctors' Association. “Doctors have been called to Kathmandu from Doti citing security reasons. But, there are many incidents where doctors have been thrashed in the capital itself, I do not know where the association will take the doctors from the capital,” CDO Khatri added..
CDO Khatri urged the ministry to think about patients awaiting treatment for the last few weeks and send the doctors immediately to the district..
District Public Health Chief Satish Bista said it would be good for the doctors to return to the district and resume work. “Doctors left the district after the thrashed doctor was defamed and maligned. Since the process of punishing the wrongdoers has started, doctors should return to their duty,” Bista added..
Hikmat Singh Bista, Bijay Bista, Tek Bahadur Bista and Arun Mahat, who were involved in thrashing the doctor, are in police custody. A public offence case has been filed against the four, police said. They have been accused of manhandling Dr Singh..
Since all health services except emergency are shut, patients are forced to visit other districts for lab test, and video x-ray, among others. District Public Health Chief Bista said there was an obligation to ferry bodies to Dadeldhura for post-mortem..
Doti DSP Shiv Bahadur Singh said that doctors' unavailability had also affected investigation work..
District Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Bibash Parajuli, Dr Jitendra Singh, and Dr Raj Kumar Biswokarma at Saraswotinagar Primary Health Centre have left the district. Dr Girish Giri, who is working at the district hospital, is also outside the district..