Tura (Meghalaya),July 20: A conglomeration of NGOs from the Williamnagar region has decided to picket the offices of the DMHO over their demand for cancellation of transfer of doctors who were not provided with a reliever.
The NGOs, including the GSU, GSU, AIGU and FAF held a meeting the issue regarding transfer of doctors from the Williamnagar Civil Hospital without a replacement or a reliever.
“We had filed a written complaint to the Commissioner & Secretary Health and Family Welfare, the local MLA, the Deputy Commissioner and DMHO to stay the transfer order of the lone Psychiatrist in the district without a reliever citing the difficulties face by the people of the district,” said the NGOs through a complaint.
Further they added that in an earlier transfer, an eye-specialist was transferred without a reliever and people of the district now had to travel far for an appointment with an eye-specialist while the poor were rendered helpless and untreated as treatment was out of their reach.
“Our request and prayer were not heard and fell on deaf ears. We even held poster campaign but to no avail and our efforts went in vain. So to make our voice heard and push our agenda forward (which is the immediate appointment of Psychiatrist and Eye-specialist in Williamnagar Civil Hospital), we have no other option but to resort to agitation,” said GSU president of EGH, Saljrang TR Marak.
The NGOs have now decided to call for a 3 day picket of the offices of the DMHO between Jul 27-29 to push forward their demand for the posts to be filled up at the earliest. They also threatened to continue their protests over the issue.
Meanwhile the NGOs have also come down hard on the case of gang rape victim from SGH for whom medical care was rejected by the doctor on duty in the Williamnagar Civil Hospital.
Yesterday, the Civil Hospital had rejected case of sexual assault from SGH citing issues of jurisdiction despite the condition of the victim being critical. The refusal has sparked debate on the issue with various agencies now looking to take on the medical department on the issue over negligence.