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The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Friday staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office complex in eastern Assam’s Jorhat against the Health department for not reorganizing the medical protocol where in COVID-19, and non-COVID patients in serious condition received immediate attention and treatment from doctors.

Members of five AASU units in the district carried placards and shouted slogans against the State Government and Health department.

The members later submitted a memorandum to the chief minister through the deputy commissioner.

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Assistant secretary of Jorhat district unit of AASU, Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi stated that though the doctors were doing a commendable job in treating patients the system of waiting for the COVID-19 test results should be done away with especially in regard to patients with serious conditions.

Referring to the recent deaths of such patients like Samir Phukan, Meghnad Mahili and Achintya Baishya, Bordoloi said that treatment of such patients with heart ailments, strokes, fire burns, etc should be immediate and urgent.

AASU further sought that separate isolation ward and ICU should be set up for patients in requirement of such treatment.

They demanded rapid antigen tests to be conducted in all hospitals whether private or government.

Earlier the Congress led by former Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami had led a similar protest in front of the JMCH.

This was the second protest in Jorhat against the medical system in JMCH, the first being organized by AJYCP at Mithpukhuri area by burning the effigy symbolizing the Assam Medical department on August 3.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com