Doctors in Nepal started a three-day strike across the country on Wednesday to protest the alleged attacks on their colleagues on Monday.
The strike was called after doctors in the Kanti Children Hospital here were allegedly manhandled by family members of a eight-month-old baby who died there.
"We were left with no option than to announce the strike. The manhandling of doctors and the vandalising of hospitals has increased in the last few months," Kiran Prasad Shrestha, General Secretary of the Nepal Medical Association said.
"Except for emergency services, all the services across the country have been closed for three days," he said.
Meanwhile, Nepalese Health and Population Minister Amik Sherchan has appealed to the medicos to withdraw their strike.
"The government has been initiating steps to control vandalising activities carried out at various times in the hospitals," Sherchan said in the appeal.