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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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