Mahendranagar, 3 October
Doctors and other health workers in Far West Nepal have demanded separate police teams for the security of hospitals and health workers. They have also demanded that the number of police posts be increased and that the police be more responsive to incidents in hospitals.
The demand comes after a recent spate of attacks on health workers in the region. In one incident, a doctor was beaten by the relatives of a patient who had died. In another incident, a hospital was vandalized by angry relatives.
The health workers say that they are feeling increasingly unsafe and that they need more protection from the police. They have also called for a separate organization to be set up to deal with the safety of hospitals and health workers.
The government of Nepal has said that it is taking the concerns of the health workers seriously and that it is committed to their safety. However, it is yet to announce any specific measures to address the problem.