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Medical docs to shut down all services except emergency on Sunday

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KATHMANDU — The Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has decided to shut down all medical services except emergency on Sunday citing lack of government initiative to amend the Criminal Code Act.

Unveiling fresh protest programs, the NMA, the umbrella organization of medical professionals, on Friday announced to shut down all but emergency health services to protest against the new Criminal Code 2017.

There are over 21,000 doctors registered with the NMC, according to the NMC.

Saying that the law has intended to categorize doctors as criminals, the NMA has urged the government to amend the Criminal Code 2017 immediately.

The code has provisioned three to five-year imprisonment to a doctor as well as a fine of Rs 30,000 if a patient dies in course of treatment due to doctor’s negligence.

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As per the protest program, it will halt all medical services on Sunday except for emergency services for a day and will stage rally at Maitighar of Kathmandu.

Likewise, the administrative works at health facilities will be halted from Monday. The admission of patients except at the emergency unit will be stopped from September 4 while all but emergency surgeries will be stopped from September 5, according to the NMA.

Likewise, radiology and lab services except for emergency will be shut down from September 6. “If the demands are not addressed by then, all but emergency services will be shut down indefinitely from September 7, Friday,” reads the statement.

The NMA had threatened to stop seeing patients and hand over apron and the medical license to the Nepal Medical Council (NMC) on August 13.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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