Featured Image: Dr. Arunachal Dutta Choudhury in a file photo.
Kolkata: SOME 500-odd doctors today hit the streets in Kolkata against the suspension of Dr. Arunachal Dutta Choudhury of Barasat District Hospital over his Facebook post on the grim dengue situation in Bengal. [READ: Barasat doctor suspended for exposing dengue reality on Facebook]
Without any organisational banner, the doctors, including both senior and junior ones, took out a protest march from near Bikash Bhavan at Salt Lake to Karunamoyee. Association of Health Service Doctors, an anti-Trinamool forum of doctors, however, was behind the mobilisation.
The doctors rallied holding placards and banners inscribed with condemnation of the suspension of Dr. Dutta Choudhury, demand for freedom to free speech and government action to combat dengue, which has been spreading all through Bengal at an alarming rate.
The agitating doctors also served a memorandum to the state health department officials at Swasthya Bhavan demanding that the suspension of Dr. Dutta Choudhury be revoked at once.
“It is shocking that instead of combating dengue that has already claimed so many lives, state government rather thought it wise who wrote on Facebook about the large number of dengue patients at Barasat Hospital and the corresponding lack of manpower to provide treatment,” said Dr. Satyajit Chakraborty of the Association of Health Service Doctors, who participated in the protest.