The medico, who wished not to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to press, added, “We have been told to put the dead on ventilators which is unheard of in any part of the world. But if we don’t do that, we can lose our job.”
The “diktat”, according to medicos, is condemnable. “We brave strict curfew and humiliation while reaching the hospitals to attend our duties. But we are under tremendous mental strain to handle the injured patients,” said another doctor at the SMHS hospital, who is presently looking after some injured persons.
While officials deny that any such “diktat” has been issued, they candidly admit that they “don’t want anything to aggravate the situation.” “All possible measures are being taken to ensure that the law and order situation doesn’t go out of hand by any means,” said a lower-rung official in the state administration. “We are monitoring the situation. Some things have the tendency to disturb law and order. Those are being taken care of.”
The death toll in the ongoing protests against the hanging of Afzal Guru reached to three on Tuesday with a youth succumbing to injuries. “We are trying our best to provide proper medicare to the injured. But we are in a Catch-22 situation while handling the patients with critical injuries. The authorities are training guns at us even in this hard situation,” said the SKIMS medico. “We must be allowed to work freely. There is no point plying politics over the dead.”
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