Appalled by the assaults faced by medical fraternity in the country in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Neurological Society of India (NSI) has appealed to the Central and State governments to provide adequate security to frontline workers who are fighting COVID-19.
As per NSI, there have been many incidents faced by doctors, despite of their heroic efforts to contain the virus. Doctors are also facing social discrimination as they are being asked by their landlords and their neighbours to vacate their apartments.
The organization, which represents neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroscientists, called for attention on the incident that occurred on April 19, where a well-known neurosurgeon, Dr Simon Hercules, who died of coronavirus was not only prevented from being buried in the cemetery but the ambulance carrying the mortal remains was vandalized and the accompanying staff was brutally attacked.
“These shameful acts should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. These deplorable and inhuman acts will demoralize the medical fraternity which is already working under extreme stress during these trying times, said NSI in a statement.
NSI appealed Central and State governments to:
→ Provide full police protection to the medical fraternity
→ Ensure that the medical personnel who sacrifice their lives in the battle against COVID-19 are not denied their basic right of a proper funeral
→ Stringently punish the perpetrators following such immoral acts
→ Ensure full security to medical fraternity