NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting personal intervention and to ensure "optimum milieu" for medical professionals to work without fear after several incidents of assaults on doctors have been reported in the last few days.
"In the midst of this pandemic, we are also deeply hurt to see the increasing incidents of physical violence against the doctors and the healthcare professionals in this country. The brutal assault on our own young doctor in Assam and the assault on lady doctors and even on veteran practitioners across the country- are really causing mental trauma amongst practitioners", the letter read.
"Many young doctors have also lost their lives on account of their dedicated service to thousands of people- which has affected not only the doctors but also many of their close family members", it added.
In the letter, the medical body also alleged that misinformation regarding allopathy, medical science, and the vaccination process is also on the rise and demanded firm action against the people responsible for spreading false information.
The IMA further urged the Prime Minister to intervene in promoting the importance of vaccination in fighting COVID-19.
"We believe that it is your proactive innovation of rolling out vaccination which is solely instrumental in safeguarding thousands of persons from being victims of corona and protecting them against the severe symptoms of the disease. IMA, right from day one, has been proactively standing with the Government to encourage, endorse and augment the vaccination drive in the nation. With your patronage, the vaccine hesitancy in the minds of the common public has substantially reduced,"
"However, we are very much anguished and pained to once again bring to your kind notice the continuing attempts of certain people to propagate the disbelief and misinformation in relation to the vaccines and the evidence-based scientific protocols of Modern Medicine released from time to time by the Ministry of Health, Government of India along with the guidance of ICMR.‘and the Covid-19 Task Force," it added.
It demanded that the doctors who lost their lives in the war against COVID-19 should be recognized as COVID MARTYRS and their families should be supported by the government.
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