Members of the Lions Club International belonging to the Multiple District 320 on behalf of its 19,000 members in 500 Lions Clubs across Telangana... Lions Club and IMA members condemn attacks on Doctors, express solidarity

Members of the Lions Club International belonging to the Multiple District 320 on behalf of its 19,000 members in 500 Lions Clubs across Telangana and Karnataka expressed their solidarity with striking Doctors for what they termed against the harassment being meted out to them in the recent past.

Addressing a media meet in association with the Telangana Chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) here at Hyderabad Press Club today, the Chairman of the Multiple Council S Narender Reddy said due to erratic reactions of few individuals have caused damage to the image of the Doctors in Society and Lions acknowledge, with the greatest appreciation, the role played by Doctors to support the Society and help in Community Building.

He said the Doctors reflect a strong character of “service-mindedness” and despite their challenging schedules, they always supported Lions’ activities and joined to help communities with better Health Care, he said and added that a substantial number of Doctors of various branches of medicine, as members of various Lions Clubs in India and world over, have been extending services to poor citizens through medical camps and also through hospitals run by Lions Clubs over the years in the country.

The President and Secretary of Telangana Chapter of Indian Medical Association Dr Pratap Reddy and Dr Sanjeev Singh, respectively, said that Doctors with the help of Lions in Telangana State served more than 70 lakh members through various service activities. More than 2.50 lakh students have been given training in adolescent empowerment programme through Lions Quest, a programme specially designed for students.

The former Director of Lion Club International R Sunil Kumar said that the Lions at Multiple District 320, are signing up with Indian Medical Association, through their 60 chapters all over Telangana with over 16,000 member doctors will provide medical care and wellness to Senior Citizens, Children and the underprivileged beginning July this year. In view of the above programme, he urged the government to provide security to the doctors and demanded action against those erring persons in this connection.

Padmasree awardee and President of the Association Surgeons of India Dr P Raghuram said that the entire doctors’ community should not be punished due to an error an individual. “It is unfair on part of those perpetrating attacks on Doctors”, he said.

Another Padmasree awardee and a senior cardiothoracic surgeon Dr AVK Gokhale expressed regrets at the attack on Doctors both in Kolkata and Hyderabad and urged state governments to ensure such attacks not be repeated in future. He also appreciated the Lions for coming forward to express their solidarity with the Doctors. “This gesture will go a long way in instilling the confidence among the public that Doctors are there to save the lives of those suffering from ill health”, Gokhale concluded.

The others who spoke on the occasion include Honorary secretary of Telangana Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association Dr Ravinder Rao, Vice President of Multiple Council M Pramod Kumar Reddy, Secretary, Mamidala Srinivas, Treasurer Syed Jawed, and Joint Secretary B Venkateshwar Rao etc.