Amid several cases of assaults, doctors at AIIMS will be given self-defence training

From May 15 doctors will be given training from black belt champions in martial arts

Soon doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be getting self-defence training, the move has come after the growing incidents of violence faced by them from the family members of the patients. Coming May 15 they will be given training from black belt champions in martial arts, including taekwondo.

According to a report in Times of India, the president of AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association, Dr Vijay Kumar, has allowed the doctors to participate in the training daily at the hospital. “Two black belt champions will impart self-defence skills to interested candidates daily from 6-7pm and 7-8 pm at AIIMS,” said Dr Kumar.

He also added that once an untoward incident takes place in the hospital there is no point in criticising the security at the hospital. “Prevention is better than cure”, he said.

However, many other hospitals have already started providing self-defence to the doctors. Some of them are Lok Nayak Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College. Dr Yugal Karkhur, president of the RDA of Maulana Azad Medical College, to which LNH is attached said, “We were taught by Delhi Police personnel how to defend ourselves from aggressive attendants or evacuate safely in case of a dangerous situation”.

In the recent past, various incidents have come to light when patient’s relatives have misbehaved with the doctors. Few days back a video of doctor beaten up by the family of the deceased had gone viral. The incident took place in the Bulandshahr city of Uttar Pradesh. Relatives alleged that the patient died due to medical negligence.