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Attack on Dr. Arun Paul Choudhury and Nightingale Hospital: All OPD in Nursing homes to remain shut

The demise of the pregnant lady at Nightingale Hospital Silchar has been termed as an unfortunate incident. All Assam Non-government Health Establishment Association mourned the death of the lady. The organisation’s Barak Valley cell expressed condolences to the family of deceased. However they have condemned the rampage, vandalism and physical abuse of physicians and hospital staffs by inmates of the deceased lady. The organisation stressed on the point that, If the lady died because of Dr. Arun Paul Choudhury’s medical negligence, there are legal avenues to demand and get justice. But they mentioned that those who vandalised and abused hospital staff owing to the death of the patient, should be punished.

All the private nursing homes of Silchar will observe a day of symbolic protest against the incident of Nightingale Hospital, all the outdoors will remain close on Tuesday, however emergency department will be functioning accordingly. Officials of AANGHEA and Indian Medical Association (IMA) informed this during a press meet held today.

Nilava Mazumder, the president of AANGHEA Barak Valley Chapter said, “The death of the pregnant lady at Nightingale Hospital is mournful. The loss can’t be repayed, I am standing with the family of the deceased lady at the time of grief. But we can’t accept those who vandalised and attacked hospital staffs. There were some unknown miscreants and not the relatives of the deceased lady. AANGHEA and IMA condemning the violence and vandalism and demands strict action against the miscreants.”

Ranabir Paul, secretary of IMA said, “Human being can makes mistakes, as the matter is subjudice, I won’t make any comments on this, if her death is proved to be caused by any medical negligence of the physician, justice will be done, investigation is going on, postmortem is complete, and the matter is subjudice.” He also said, ” See it takes a lot of time to establish a Nursing Home, Vandalism and abusing healthcare staffs is not justifiable at any cost. We vehemently condemning the incident at Nightangle Hospital, we will observe a day of protest on Tuesday, and no Out Patient Department will be open that day, just the emergency services will be provided. I hope administration will take strict measures against the miscreants on that day. We are demanding reparation for the damages.”

“Arun Paul Choudhury has earned enough reputation as a physician, he performed many successful surgery, he has served the society with dedication. This is not at all acceptable how a doctor of his stature was abused this way. If Dr. Paul Choudhury is found be guilty, then he will be punished according to the law, but the rampage and vandalism can’t be tolerated. Health care staffs are being abused on Social Media since the incident, this is very disheartening,” said Rudranarayam Gupta, the CEO of Green Heals Hospital, and member of AANGHEA.

He also added, “We have to keep in mind that no nursing home is hundred percent equiped to deal with all situation, this is not a place for miracles. Despite this all the health care staffs serve the patient to the best of their dedication. These sort of incident actually pushes the health care facility in backward direction. Miscreants engaged to the vandalism has to be punished. Other patients and their inmates were harrassed that day.”

Sumanta Chakraborty, another member of AANGHEA said, “Few people in our society is like this. Time has come to take stern action against them.” Rotary Club member Goutam Paul termed this a shameful incident and said health care professionals are soft targets, we have to think of their safety.

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