The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) in Karnataka on Saturday sought protection for Ramana Rao, the family physician of the late Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, following protests and complaints against him by fans. from Puneeth.
Puneeth had consulted Ramana Rao at his clinic on the day he succumbed to a massive heart attack on October 29.
“PHANA is deeply concerned about the way health care is presented in the media and the public following the death of Puneeth Rajkumar. While we share the pain and shock of losing a young and popular actor, the turn of events after this is sad and requires your immediate attention, ”PHANA President Prasanna HM urged the Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai.
“We strongly oppose attempts by the public to point the finger at the treating doctors, especially Ramana Rao, who did his best. After all, we know that the medical profession has its limitations and it is not always possible to save lives. Otherwise, no one would be dying, ”he said.
Prasanna also urged Bommai to make a public statement to boost the morale of the medical fraternity.
“Kindly provide police protection to safeguard Ramana Rao and the medical professionals involved in the treatment of Puneeth Rajkumar,” he pleaded.
Prasanna further said that visual and social media platforms carry narratives that blame the lack of attention from medical professionals for the popular actor’s untimely demise.
“This type of critical and hypercritical media frenzy is generating mistrust in society as well as risking the lives of the medical professionals who treated the deceased,” he said.
“Attempts by fans and supporters to discuss the deceased person’s medical condition are a serious violation of health care policy and this cannot be encouraged,” he added.
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