July 10, 2008
Doctors Close Down Health Service in Nepali Capital
Doctors close down health service in Nepali capital
KATHMANDU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Doctors closed down all health services except emergency in governmental, non-governmental and private health institutions within Nepali capital Kathmandu on Wednesday, demanding security for their profession.
According to a leading website, eKantipur.com, the Nepal Medical Association (NMA) have called the shutdown to protest against the government's failure to ensure security to health workers and health institutions.
The doctors' move is seen as a response to another protest being carried out by the family members of Narayan Shah, 39, who died after undergoing surgery for removing kidney stone in Everest Nursing Home in the capital last Saturday.
The family members of deceased Shah have been claiming negligence on the part of the doctor who performed surgery and other hospital staff led to Shah's death.
Everest Nursing Home was shut down from Saturday claiming that no mistake was committed in Shah's treatment.
The doctors also met with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Wednesday morning, demanding proper security arrangement and compensations for the vandalism carried out by Shah's relatives.
The NMA has warned to shut down health institutions for indefinite period and organize other protests unless their demands are addressed through the Council of Ministers.
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