Medicos join protests

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Srinagar: Hundreds of employees from Health and Medical education, Chest Disease Hospital, District Tuberculosis Centre, and State TB Demonstration Centre Wednesday held a protest march at in Dalgate area of Srinagar against the civilian killings and lethal weapons on protesters. 
The protest rally was participated by Consultants, Doctors and paramedical staff. Use of force and pellet guns was also condemned by Shabir Ahmed Langoo, president Medical Employees Federation and Musadiq Rafiq President Jammu Kashmir  RNTCP Employees Association.    
They said that more than 50 killings which took place in the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir is not about 50 persons but is the matter of 50 dynasties.     
“Being human beings we can feel the pain of the bullet and pellet victims and what it costs a Doctor to treat the injured.” The protesters demanded immediate ban on the use of pellets on the civilian protesters.
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Medical Faculty Association also organized a silent sit-in protest in the lawns of Government Medical College Srinagar. The protesters condemned the use of pellets on the protesters and the civilian killings. The protesting faculty members were dressed in white aprons with one eye blind folded showing solidarity with patients who have lost their vision to the pellet injuries. The protesters demanded blanket ban on the use of pellets. They also condemned the unabated use of tear-smoke shelling on the protesters and residential houses. 
Meranwhile to protest the killing of civilians and unabated use of pellet gun, doctors have decided to observe August 17th as “Black Day”.
A statement issued by a faction of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said that a meeting was held on Wednesday and it was unanimously decided that 17th August 2016 will be observed as “Black Day”.
“All the medical and non-medical staff of Health & Medical Education Department on duty will wear black bands against the killing of civilians and the unabated use of pellet guns,” DAK president Dr G M Mir said.
Moreover, Dr Mir appealed health staff to hold placards raising its voice to demand instant stop of all lethal weapons which have taken “so many innocent youths away from us and also against the harassment and assault by some forces and miscreants who have been always paving a risk and barricade in the smooth functioning of health care services being provided by medical staff under these crucial circumstances”.
“Yesterday forces entered sub-district hospital Sopore where they had harassed the medical staff on duty,” the statement said, “the forces had barged into the labour room also which led to fear among female patients admitted there.”
“Unruly scenes like these are becoming a norm during this uprising across various health institutes. Hospitals have become battlefield wherein forces and some miscreants often barge in which has created a fear psychosis in the minds of health staff. Staff at work across valley is now feeling deeply traumatised and completely unsafe while performing duties,” the statement added.

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