It appears as if it has become a fashion lately to humiliate a doctor for any random reason.
Dr Sathiaraj Nesan, 44, who was honoured as the best government doctor in Vellore five times for his service, has tendered his resignation .
He headed the establishment of the Ophthalmology department in the GH and has performed over 7,000 successful cataract surgeries, glaucoma surgeries, autograft and oculoplastic surgeries since then.
The present incident happened at 6.30pm on that day, he was attending a patient, when a boy aged about 20 approached him and said he had fever and cold. "I asked the boy to go to the staff nurse. The boy's father questioned me why I did not check his son. Though I explained him that the boy had seasonal flu, he was not in a mood to listen," said Dr Nesan.
Within a few minutes, a group of 10-15 men barged into the doctor's duty room. "They took CDs that I had in my bag and spread it on my table. They questioned and harassed me that I was watching movies during duty. They built a case against me to shame me and it was flashed on TV channels. It humiliated me and also put my family in an unwanted situation," said Dr Nesan who performed 99 surgeries out of the 167 that were done in the GH in August.
Post this incident he tended his resignation and stopped coming to hospital since then.
Such is his image and work, that many people from the general public staged a protest and asked for the action against the culprits. They also petitioned the health department for this.
“We have also received a petition from the public demanding to bring him back to the GH," said Joint Director of MRHS Dr A Shanthi.
This is the work environment that medical personnel are working in even after putting so much of their effort.
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