It goes without saying that a doctor’s profession is considered the most prestigious, noble and respected profession in the universe. The worthiness comes not by its name but of choosing it as a career that gives a sense of responsibility and feeling of serving humanity in need. It requires lots of hard work, energy, and stamina.
It is considered one of the toughest professions in terms of its dedication towards humanity. Most of the parents want their sons and daughters to become doctors to serve the humanity.
But it is heartening to mention that doctors who perform their duties under immense tensions are being terrorized, kidnapped and assassinated. A doctor’s work is to save lives but contrary to the fact are being rift of their own life needs immediate safety.
I am working in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) as Assistant Causality Medical Officer (ACMO). I can proudly utter that its emergency services are one of the best in country for providing best treatment and well equipped. The 24/7 availability of ACMOs, CMOs, and specialists in the emergency department ensure satisfactory treatment to the patients.
However, the other day a very terrible accident took place when a 80 years old patient expired during resuscitation and the attendants gone crazy and created uncertainty in the department. The patient was brought to us with debilitated health and their attendants were already counselled about the criticality and the available resources.
A group of more than 15 attendants entered in ER and started abusing and beating the doctors and made the emergency department a battle ground. They claimed that the doctor’s negligence took the patient’s life which was totally a wrong statement.
To add more fuel to the fire one of news channels without the reality started blame game and condemned doctors for medical negligence. To make the matter worst, the security forces responded late and lives of the doctors were at stake.
Furthermore, they were unable to bring the situation under control on time. We closed the services for more than two hours till the time when the mob who already made their mind to sabotage the peaceful environment were taken out of the Emergency department. The pity was that the doctors had to bear the abuses and slaps before the security forces took the control.
At the end I appeal to the concerned authorities to take very serious notice of the incident and provide enough security so that we perform our duties without any danger. At the same time I request to the Government of Pakistan to ensure doctors security so that they perform their duties in peaceful environment and to put an end to the brain drain.
Dr. Shamim Nazir