When we moan in pain due to sickness it is medical doctors and nurses who put all their medical expertise and efforts to cure us. So, should we keep quiet when our doctors and health workers are attacked and hurt mercilessly? The recent attack on Dr. Seuj Kumar Senapati, on Covid duty at Udali Model Hospital in Hojai, Assam is extremely shocking. Such acts of barbarism must be condemned in no uncertain terms. This is not the first time that such brutal acts have been inflicted on doctors. There are instances where Covid patients or people in quarantine had spat at and beaten up health workers and police personnel on duty. This reflects a wrong upbringing and a psychological imbalance. Following the uproar, the Assam Chief Minister, Hemanta Biswa Sarma has promptly initiated legal action against the arrested culprits. Well, the cruelty of any kind towards anyone should not be tolerated. Doctors’ security is important to ensure public health and safety.
Imagine the situation in the country if during this Covid crisis all medical doctors health workers and police abstain from their duties. There will be unprecedented chaos and catastrophe leading to an exponential rise in fatality rates. Then, even imposing a longer lockdown will not help at all. One feels the government should come up with “harsher laws” to deal with such inhumane acts of people who attack our frontline medical professionals and the police. Moreover, there is no greater sin than biting the hand that feeds you.