Plea to improve health-care services

21 July, 2016

GUWAHATI, July 21 - The Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust observed Anti-Medical Terrorism Day on Tuesday. On the occasion, its members held a candle light demonstration at the Dighalipukhuri area of the city in the evening.

In a statement here, the Trust said that it is happy that the issue of “Medical Terrorism” has been placed and deliberated upon at the 32nd general session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations, Geneva recently by an NGO named Prahar. 

The Trust also conveyed its gratitude for observing Patients’ Rights Day nationally on June 25, 2016. A nationwide movement named “Stop Medical Terrorism” has been initiated by a group of victims of medical negligence and their supporters under the platform of the Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Guwahati from May 14 last, demanding better and transparent health care services in India, said the Trust in its statement. 

To create awareness on healthcare services in the country and also to improve the condition of the country’s healthcare services, the Trust observed Anti-Medical Terrorism Day on July 19, which coincides with the date of the untimely demise of Dr Anamika Ray, a renowned media educator of the country, who died at a young age, allegedly due to medical negligence, at a hospital in New Delhi. The day has been observed in many parts of the country and even in Dhaka and Colombo. A candle light demonstration was also organised at Daulamukh Chariali of Sivasagar town on the evening of July 19 as a symbolic protest to improve the healthcare services in India, the Trust said.

The Trust has prepared a list of ten points as demands to the State and Union Governments for improving the present healthcare services in the country. The demands include CCTV surveillance in the hospital premises, ICU monitoring facility, availability of the indoor case file or ticket and video recording of surgery etc.

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