SRINAGAR: The doctors in Kashmir on Thursday expressed concern over the increasing number of attacks by “miscreants” on the healthcare workers performing their duties.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said an emergency meeting of its members was held, with the participants condemning the attacks on doctors and paramedics by the “miscreants and the government forces”.
“Yesterday, a doctor posted at Sub-District Hospital Sopore was hit with a stone on his face by a miscreant while on way to his duty,” DAK president Dr GM Mir said in a statement issued here.
“Today (Thursday), in another incident, an ambulance came under attack in south Kashmir. Some days ago an employee of District Hospital Pulwama was assaulted by the government forces,” he said.
The DAK has been highlighting this “grave issue” since the beginning of the uprising.
“But unfortunately there is no end to these incidences and this has made our lives exposed to threat and fear always while going to duties,” he said.
The DAK has once again appealed all stakeholders to intervene and allow smooth movement of medical staff and ambulances ferrying patients or staff.
“Medical employees have been working with dedication since the crisis started and are focused to serve the patients, but unruly incidents like these have been demoralising them to a greater extent and there is always a threat of life to them.
“The association appealed to all people to cooperate the medical professionals in reaching to their duties without any hurdle or fear,” the DAK president said.