IMA Meghalaya urges doctors to use social media to raise voice against rising violence and harassment of medical practitioners

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Meghalaya state chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to take up the issue of violence against doctors across the country despite the fact that doctors are fighting as frontline warriors in the COVID pandemic under most trying circumstances despite inherent limitations of the healthcare system.
The state chapter of the IMA has urged all medical doctors to use social media platforms to voice against the rising violence and harassment of medical practitioners.

IMA state vice president and official spokesperson Dr. Bernard T Lyngdoh in a statement issued on Monday said the IMA yesterday took the decision of taking up the issue of violence against doctors across the country despite the fact that doctors are fighting as frontline warriors in the COVID pandemic under most trying circumstances despite inherent limitations of the healthcare system.

He said the national body with the consultation of all state chapters of the country urges all doctors after this crucial meeting to wear black badges or black shirt/tie etc on June 15 and 18 nationwide to create public awareness and to enact stronger central and state laws for ensuring the safety of healthcare workers accordingly.

According to him, members of a few large state chapters are also going to close down OPD services on June 18 although all emergency services shall continue.

On June 18, all medical doctors are requested to use social media platforms to voice against the rising violence and harassment of medical practitioners.

He said several prominent citizens and artists have come up with videos on the same issue that will be released by IMA soon on social media.

Meanwhile, the IMA also urges every eligible person to go for the COVID vaccine to bring an end to the pandemic.