•      Fri Dec 1 2023

NHRC demands environment not to shutdown treatment services in any pretext

Kathmandu, Sept 28: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged one and all not to attack and misbehave with doctors and not to vandalize the physical property of the health institutions in any pretext.

The NHRC also drew the attention of the government, health workers and all stakeholders not to launch agitation by closing treatment services and to guarantee the citizen’s rights to treatment.

Incidents of attack and misbehave with doctors working at different hospitals in Chitwan, Kaski, Makawanpur and Lamjung as well as vandalism at different health institutions have been taking place in recent period and patients have been facing problems in lack of treatment after doctors and health workers started demonstration by closing all treatment services except emergency.

A press release issued today by NHRC Spokesperson Dr Tikaram Pokharel mentioned that the NHRC has been continuously carrying out monitoring through different medium regarding security arrangement to doctors, continuity of health services and problems facing by patients.

The NHRC carried out monitoring of incidents of manhandling upon doctors at Sancho Hospital, Hetauda, on September 10, assault on doctors at Lamjung Hospital on September 24, manhandling and misbehaving with doctors at Manipal Hospital in Pokhara on September 25.

In course of monitoring the latest incident at Manipal Hospital, it found that relatives of a patient at Manipal Hospital assaulted and misbehaved on doctors and vandalized physical infrastructures of the hospital after the patient died in course of treatment in the hospital, shared the NHRC.

Similarly, security personnel also misbehaved with doctors in the incident, reads the press statement. The NHRC further said the patients have been deprived of getting treatment services after doctors launched agitation by closing all services except emergency on September 26 and 27, demanding peace and security as well as legal action against those involved in the incident.RSS