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Earlier this month after doctors went on a strike in protest against an attack on one of their colleagues, healthcare services were affected badly across the country.
Doctors in Muzaffarpur, Bihar have pooled in money and hired quick-reaction teams (QRT) for their safety and security, much before this strike. A member of one of such teams has told the news agency ANI that around 60 doctors have set up QRT for their safety and to stop the violence. They have been positioned at three places in the city. This action has taken due to over 100 people have died of encephalitis in Bihars Muzaffarpur.
Muzaffarpur is a major medical centre for patients across north Bihar, have grabbed national and international headlines after more than 100 children died due to acute encephalitis syndrome.
Bigger hospitals have their own teams to ensure their staff’s security but smaller clinics had to pool funds to hire QRTs. These security teams include gunmen and bodybuilders who are available on call 24x7, as reported by The Times of India.
Dr CB Singh of the Indian Medical Association in Motihari said that the doctors took this step as the cops are already overburdened with their primary duties. They often come after the incident when the clinic has been damaged or the doctor was already beaten up.