Often an issue is raised that doctors and nurses are hesitant to go to remote places. Brutal rape and murder of Hyderabad vet doctor is an evidence of the dangers lurking because of preying eyes and lack of security, specially to women health workers (doctors and nurses).
A ghastly incident that highlights the dangers associated with entering unfamiliar places, unsecured environment and a dark world with no one to listen to heart wrenching cries of the unassuming victim. With no serious policing activities, it may turn out to be unthinkable nightmare.
But the lady doctor went to a place where transport was difficult and paid the price. A women is being posted to an area where transport and security were not provided and thereby assigned an unsafe posting.
Doctor should consider these factors before joining at unsafe places.
Problem is that the system does not take into account the risk to health workers, their convenience and family obligations. Their difficulty in transport, the security issues, providing basic amenities are not considered important by administrators.
The system that failed to provide proper transport and security is the real culprit.
Till some one puts a question to the system and makes them accountable, there will be more cases of this kind.
Had the deceased not been a doctor, or from some other profession, there was no compulsion for her to go to remote areas.
Lack of medical facilities and infrastructure add to the risk, as the health workers are held responsible for all the short comings. Not infrequently they become the punching bags for the inept system and infra structure deficiencies. Females doctors and nurses are at greater risk for obvious reasons and strangely there are no special provisions made for their security. Usually they are allotted a place where they have to fend for themselves. If one thinks it seriously, risk is even greater than anticipated.
Women -Doctors & Nurses- need to take precautions and save themselves in view of system insensitivity.