Incident Reports

Health workers protest at Bheri Hospital following attack on medical personnel


Lumbini, Banke, Nepalgunj

Health workers at Bheri Hospital on Friday staged a protest against the assault on doctors and nurses by relatives of a Covid-19 patient, who died while undergoing treatment. The Banke-chapter of the Nursing Association of Nepal protested the incident inside the hospital premises.

On Thursday, medical personnel at the Covid-19 ward of the hospital were physically assaulted by the relatives of the deceased, accusing the doctors and nurses involved in the treatment of negligence. The deceased, a resident of Dang, was admitted to the hospital on May 18. The patient was put on ventilator support after his health condition deteriorated.

According to the hospital, the deceased’s son and brothers assaulted Dr. Chandra Prakash Sahu and nurses Asmini Gurung and Sadiksha Gaire alleging that their relative died after he was put on ventilator support. The attackers also barged into the intensive care unit of the hospital and vandalized medical equipment.

The association had also issued a statement condemning the attack on medical personnel and demanded action against those involved, and create a favorable environment for health workers to work without fear. The local administration has formed a committee under the coordination of Chief District Officer Shankar Bista to investigate the incident.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Issues related to legal action and access to justice
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Health sector/health workers, doctors
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health) Health sector/health workers, doctors Police
Actor 2 - Youth na
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