Pune medical students recirculate 'Libaas' short film to raise awareness against attacks on doctors
Pune: Concerned over rising violent attacks on healthcare frontliners amid the pandemic, final-year medical students of Dr D Y Patil Medical College in Pune recirculated short film 'Libaas', which was shot two years ago after a resident doctor was brutally attacked with a scalpel allegedly by kin of a deceased patient.In the wake of attacks on medical professionals over issues that aren’t in control of health care workers or medical facilities, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has insisted that stringent measures be implemented to avert such instances of violence. Recently, the national chief of IMA, Dr J A Jayalal, had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her deep agony over an incident of the brutal attack on a young doctor in Assam. She Jayalal, “In the midst of this pandemic we are deeply hurt to see increasing incidents of physical violence against doctors and healthcare professions in this country,” reported The Indian Express.The short film 'Libaas' was filmed in 2019 by first-year MBBS students of Dr D Y Patil Medical College. The short film has a running time of seven minutes. The short film actors explained that the film is a depiction of the insecurity and uncertainty that prevails in a doctor’s life till today.In the recent past, as the brutalities against doctors and healthcare workers have risen, the final year students recirculate the short film to scale up awareness to keep health workers safe. Following these inhuman attacks on the medical staff, the director of the short film, Krishna Sambhare has said that recently, harrowing incidents of violence against doctors have been reported in Assam and Gujarat. As a result of which, they have decided to recirculate their short film to generate awareness among people.“If our film manages to make even a one per cent difference in the mentality of society and its outlook on the issue, then perhaps the lost belief of our budding doctors can be restored,” Sambhare added.According to a recent IMA survey, 80 per cent of doctors are exhausted in their profession followed by 56 per cent who do not get appropriate sleep in most days of the week. Lastly, 46.3 per cent are worried about violent attacks on them. Apparently, the study has found that the prime cause of stress in many doctors is the violence meted out to them.