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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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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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