The Commission issued the directives on Thursday on a complaint filed by a Delhi-based advocate and Supreme Court’s advocate on record Sneha Kalita. The commission also directed sending a a copy of the complaint to the Union health secretary to “initiate necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the frontline health workers in the country.”
Seuj Kumar Senapati, a junior doctor, was brutally assaulted on June 1 by a mob at a Covid patient at Udali Model Hospital in Hojai district of Assam following the death of a Covid patient.
“The complainant has stated that in the present pandemic situation, while the health workers are putting their own life, health and families at risk, all measures should be taken to ensure their safety and security. She has requested the Commission to send a team for an independent investigation of the incident, call for the report from the concerned authorities of the state of Assam, to deploy and provide adequate police security in every hospital and Covid Care Centre to prevent such kind of violent situation,” the commission stated in its order.
Kalita has also urged the Commission to call for the report from the all the stakeholders in the State of Assam, specially police (incharge police officials in Udali Model Hospital), who are responsible for providing security and tranquility in the state and for the report for the plan of actions and precautions for preventing this kind of violence.
She has further urged the Commission to deploy and provide adequate police security in every hospitals and Covid Care Centre to prevent this kind of violence situation, to protect and secure the frontline medical workers and medical fraternity and also asked all state governments to issue circulars to post the circular in every hospitals for giving warning to all attendants and others not to display any kind of violence against medical fraternity as well as health workers.