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- Dispur assures doctors; demonstrations over AMCH death

Guwahati, May 10: Dispur today informed the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) authorities that armed guards and metal detectors would be provided at sensitive places to beef up security in the region’s biggest public hospital.

GMCH principal-cum-chief superintendent K.C. Saikia told The Telegraph that the directorate of medical education has informed him that armed police and metal detectors would be provided at sensitive places, such as the emergency wards and labour rooms, to prevent harassment of doctors and medical staff in the hospital.

Dispur’s assurance follows a six-hour protest by junior doctors today, demanding better security arrangements.

Nearly 200 junior doctors stayed away from their duties after the murder of a lady doctor at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh, on Thursday night and the alleged misbehaviour with another doctor by two youths at the GMCH last night.

“Protect doctors to protect the patients” read a placard held by a woman doctor at the GMCH while her colleague held another, “Wearing white does not make us scapegoats” -— hours after two youths allegedly misbehaved with a lady doctor.

In an FIR at Bhangagarh police station today, the lady doctor complained that two youths, who had visited the hospital to see a patient (their relative) had made an obscene gesture. A case has been registered at Bhangagarh police station.

The protest at GMCH almost coincided with a demonstration at AMCH, Dibrugarh demanding exemplary punishment to Kero Mech, a ward boy who allegedly murdered Dr Sarita Kumari Toshniwal yesterday.

The junior doctors here demanded that armed guards should be deployed in the hospital at night and the hospital premises should be sufficiently illuminated to prevent harassment of doctors, particularly women.

“I have to do night shifts alone and many attendants, who visit the hospital at night, pass objectionable comments. I can do nothing out of fear. There are only two home guards with lathis for security at the ward at night,” a practising gynaecologist at GMCH told The Telegraph.

Nearly 1,200 students and doctors are studying in the GMCH but there are only 44 home guards at present. “We have some private security guards but we will try to improve security,” Saikia said.

Around 600 girls live in six hostels at the hospital.


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