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Women doctors in state to get lessons in self-defense, Health News, ET HealthWorld

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of increasing attacks against doctors, the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association (KGMCTA) has decided to train its women doctors with self-defense techniques.

The KGMCTA will begin a training course for the women doctors of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital on self-defense techniques from International Women’s Day.

“It has to be remembered that a woman doctor was attacked while on night duty at the casualty wing of the Thiruvananthapuram medical college hospital. The health care workers are not safe in the hospitals. Neither the government nor the police are taking effective steps to protect the doctors. Hence, we have decided to train our colleagues in self-defense techniques,” said Dr RC Sreemkumar, president of KGMCTA, Thiruvananthapuram. The first batch of the training course will begin on Wednesday at the medical college campus.

“We are forced to take this step since there is criminal negligence on the part of authorities in taking action against the assailants. We have seen what happened to those who attacked the woman doctor of medical college, Thiruvananthapuram,” said Dr Sreekumar,

The trainers from Kerala Police and the state sports council will train the women doctors. The training program will begin with a 50-member batch initially. Apart from the doctors, house surgeons and PG medicos will also attend the training.

“More than 50 doctors have already registered for the training. We have plans to start a second batch after the initial course for the first batch. The association is also planning to extend the course to all other government medical college hospitals in the state,” said Dr. Kalesh Sadasivansecretary of KGMCTA.

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