GUWAHATI, Sept 5 - The Ellora Vigyan Mancha (EVM) has demanded government steps to ensure safety of the physicians and health workers in all tea gardens and rural areas of the State. It also demanded improvement of infrastructure in the health sector.
In a statement here, EVM president Prof Chandra Mohan Sarma and general secretary Kamalesh Gupta expressed serious concern at the August 31 incident of fatal assault on the Teok Tea Estate�s Senior Medical Officer Dr Deben Dutta, leading to his subsequent death. Condemning the incident, they sought stringent punishment against those found guilty in the crime.
They however regretted that the State government has never bothered to take effective measures to check incidents of attack on physicians and health workers. Due to this incidents of attacks on physicians and health workers are on the rise, they pointed out.
The Teok TE incident has shown a lack of security of those rendering health care-related services in the tea estates and gross negligence by the TE owners and State government to improve health care services in the TEs, they said.
In fact, the standard of the health care facilities in the State�s tea gardens is very deplorable. Because of the poor infrastructure, including dearth of physicians, nurses and other personnel in the tea garden hospitals of the State, many patients have to face indescribable situations and many of them have to embrace premature death.
The tea garden workers who have been subjected to exploitation and deprivation for ages, get enraged in an impulsive manner on occasions. The August 31 Teok Tea Estate incident is one such incident of outburst of the pent-up anger of the tea garden workers, said the EVM leaders.