NIDA warns of ‘repercussive measures’ if govt fails to act

DIMAPUR, AUG 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2020 1:11:57 PM IST

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) has warned of “repercussive measures” that will jeopardize the entire health services throughout the state if the concern authority failed to take exemplary punishment as demanded by the Dimapur unit against those IRB personnel allegedly involved in the August 21 assault on Dr. Atoka Wotsa.

In a press note, NIDA president Dr. Ritu Thurr and secretary Dr. Ahu Sekhose stated that the tolerance level of the association has reached its tipping point due to repeat of such abhorrent incidences in the recent COVID 19 times. 

It was learnt that NIDA had warned of calling for a one-day complete shutdown of all medical services throughout Nagaland on August 26 from 6 a.m., with emergency services to remain functional, if the authority concern failed to act.

According to the press note, NIDA said that in spite of the barbaric assault by erring police personnel on Dr Nosezol Sezo on April 3, 2020 at Dimapur and Dr Mongshithung on April 17, 2020 at Wokha, NIDA, as a matured organization, had refrained from taking any drastic action, keeping in mind the sacred responsibility of public health as its top priority.

NIDA said that unless an exemplary action was immediately initiated by concerned authority as demanded by the NIDA unit, Dimapur, the association will be compelled to resort to undesirable repercussive measures which will totally jeopardize the entire health services throughout the state.

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association  therefore sought the support of public and NGOs to ensure timely justice to the aggrieved.

It was also learnt that NIDA Dimapur unit had deferred its decision to shut down all medical services following the request made by the parent body president.

NIDA Dimapur unit, in its August 23 meeting minutes, stated that it had handed over the August 21 case to the parent body for “further perusal till the logical conclusion of the case on urgent basis.”

It may be mentioned that the state government on August 23, 2020 instituted an inquiry committee to probe into the alleged assault on a doctor, Dr. Atoka Wotsa by police personnel on August 21 night.

In an order issued through the  principal secretary (Home), Abhijit Sinha, the 3-member inquiry committee will be headed by commissioner & secretary Rural Development, Neposo Theluo and two others as members-- secretary Law and Justice Khanrinla Koza and additional deputy commissioner Niuland, Rosy Margaret Athrila. 

The committee has been directed to submit its report within seven days of the date of issue of this notification (August 23, 2020).

The 3-member panel was constituted in supersession to the independent inquiry formed by deputy commissioner Dimapur.


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