Students of Gauhati University and Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, Guwahati observed anti-medical terrorism day by lighting candles in memory of those who lost their lives due to medical negligence in Guwahati on Thursday.
Media educator Anamika Ray lost her life due to medical negligence at a hospital in New Delhi in 2015. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust, an NGO started the campaign – Stop Medical Terrorism – to create a separate law for better and transparent healthcare services in India.
Speaking to The News Mill over phone, managing trustee of the trust Ankuran Dutta said, “We need a separate law in the country to regulate medical profession. The term medical terrorism has been used not to generalize the doctors but to the medical system. I am happy that the day has been observed across the country and many places abroad. We have observed the day with media educators of 20 countries here at Atlanta, US.”
“Right to health must be a fundamental right and it should be incorporated in the constitution. We will campaign for the same across the country to create a nation-wide awareness in next couple of years,” said Dutta, who is currently in US, representing India at the annual summer institute programme of the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on International Journalism hosted by Ohio University.
A report stated that around 52 lakhs medical injury cases are recorded across India and 98,000 of the victims lose their lives every year due to medical negligence.
On Thursday, the trust called for 11 important steps for better and transparent healthcare services in the country. These include CCTV surveillance in hospital premises, monitoring of intensive care unit, full recording of all surgery, prescription of generic medicine, inclusion of medical ethics paper in medical courses and development of record-keeping mechanism in cases pertaining to medical error and negligence.