- Suman Rajiv
Bundi (Rajasthan), Hundreds of patients visiting government hospitals in the district have been thrown at inconveniences and discomfort for their medical treatment as a result of ego clash between doctors and ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) workers. The dis-arrangements at the hospitals across the district have forced the patients to measure pillar to poll for medical care and treatment, for the medical officers of the district with a black band around their arms as mark of protest and demand for action against the BJP workers have been examining the patients for last four days in open under a tent in hospital premises.
Principal medical Officer (PMO), district government hospital Bundi Gajanand Verma told some local BJP workers including party’s Bundi city president Sushil Metha, former municipality vice chairman Anurag Gautam, Bhanwar Singh Tailor and others reached his office on September 24 and threatened him of life and dire consequences. The PMO further told the BJP workers were demanding to transfer a male nurse Narendra Gautam to pediatric ward after he had been shifted to medical ward of Bundi government hospital. ‘Reshuffling in the medical and nursing staff was done with an aim to improve the medical arrangements and facilities to the public but unfortunately it was not acceptable to BJP workers’, further said PMO Dr. Gajanand Verma.
Station House Officer (SHO), Bundi city kotwali Tarun Kant Somani told on the report by the PMO a case under section 353 and 186 of IPC was lodged against the BJP leaders but no arrest has been made so far, ‘however the investigation into the matter is on.’
Bundi City BJP president Sushil Metha denied the allegations against him and local BJP workers saying ‘all the allegations by PMO against BJP workers are false and leveled with an aim to divert the public attention from the mismanagement in the hospital’. Kunjbehari Billiya, former BJP district president also rejected the allegations by PMO and said ‘most of the doctors are involved in corrupt practices and blaming party workers to divert the public attention.’
Meanwhile, Daikedha police of the district also lodged a case on Tuesday against the village Sarpanch for misbehaving with a lady doctor at community health centre (CHC). Station House Officer (SHO) Daikedha police station, Arvind Sharma told Dr. Manisha Singhal lodged a complain of bullying and threatening her against the village Sarpanch Khemraj Meena. On the report, a case was lodged against the Sarpanch under sections 332 and 353 of IPC, SHO Sharma said adding the investigation into the matter is on.
Meanwhile, medical officer at public health centre (PHC), Namana Dr. Madhu Singh has also lodged a complain of misbehavior against a government lady teacher. Namana police of the district is investigating the case.
Dr. Anil Saini, Bundi district secretary of All Rajasthan In service Doctors’ Association and its media in charge Dr. Mahandera Chauhan called a press conference here and expressed concerns over the rising incidents of misbehavior and threat to doctors. ‘We want stern action against those who threatened PMO Dr. Verma of life and dire consequences’ said Dr. Anil Saini and added they would continue to protest and demand for action with black band about their arms and examining the patients in open under tent in hospital premises al long as the action is not taken against the accused.
Interestingly, after the misbehave by the villagers, medical officer at Namana public health centre (PHC) Dr. Bhupendra Singh Chuhan resigned from his post about two years ago.