Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Feb 5:
With the junior doctors of the premier referral hospital of western Odisha all set to resume their strike from February 9, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Aarti Ahuja today visited Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) here to hold discussion with the aggrieved medicos.
Ahuja is scheduled to hold talks with the medicos in the presence of VIMSAR authorities and Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) over their nine-point charter of demands this afternoon.
Besides, the Health secretary is slated to inspect various departments and services at the hospital.
Notably, the junior doctors and house surgeons had been protesting the deficiencies in the infrastructure.
It may be recalled that around 450 doctors and surgeons of the government-run medical college and hospital were on strike between January 12 and January 21 for fulfilment of their nine-point demand for better infrastructure in the hospital. The strike had left the medical services at the hospital paralysed. The striking medicos had put their agitation on hold on January 21 after the government gave an assurance to act on their demands by January 31.
Last week, the medicos extended the deadline by a week till February 9 for fulfilment of their demands.
The nine-point charter of demands of the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) included installation of an MRI machine, delegation of financial and administrative power to VIMSAR, shifting of female medicine ward to a new building, strengthening of security on the medical college premises, round-the-clock water and electricity supply at the operation theater, a labor room, a sick newborn care unit (SNCU), an intensive care unit (ICU), a new medicine ward, a canteen, hostels, an increase in library fund, recruitment of staff for the library, filling up of vacant teaching and non-teaching posts, and improvement in the sanitary condition of the institute.