Indian Medical Association Current Affairs - 2020

GoI brings in ordinance making attack on doctors punishable up to 7 years

On April 22, 2020, the Government of India brought in ordinance to end violence against doctors and health care workers.

Highlights

According to the ordinance, persons attacking health personnel are to be sentenced to jail for 6 months to 7 years. In non-serious cases, the workers are liable to pay penalty of Rs 50,000 and in serious cases between Rs 2 lakhs and 5 lakhs.

In order to achieve this the ordinance will make amendment to the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. Also, the GoI has made the Epidemic Act a concurrent act. This allows the state governments to take actions as well.

The Protest

The Indian Medical Association had declared April 23, 2020 as black day to protest against attacks on health care professionals, workers, staffs and doctors all over the country. It demanded the central government to punish those causing violence. However, the protest was withdrawn by the association after the cabinet approved ordinance to take strict actions against persons causing the violence.

Army Medical Corps 256th Raising Day celebrated

On April 3, 2020, the Army Medical Corps Raising Day was celebrated under the motto

Motto: “Survey Santu Nirmaya”

The meaning of “Survey Santu Nirmaya” is “Let all the humans be free from disabilities and diseases”.

Highlights

The Army Medical Corps have been actively involved in establishing isolation, screening and treatment facilities for armed personnel. This is being done even now, in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. They are known for their quality patient care

Army Medical Corps

The Army Medical Corps provide medical services to army personnel along with their families. The Army Medical Corps was established in 1943 amalgamating Indian Medical Services, Indian Hospital and Nursing Corps and Indian Medical Department. Until 1918, the Indian troops had no separate station hospital facilities.

Indian Medical Service

The Indian Medical Service was the major contributor of the Army Medical Corps. IT was formed in 1612 when East India Company was formed. Indianization of the service began in 1912. Till then only British doctors and surgeons were appointed and British personnel were given priority.