The Medical-JAC, a pro-Samaikyandhra outfit formed recently with the involvement of several medical and para-medical organisations, has called for closure of hospitals, nursing homes and nursing schools, labs and medical shops based in the city on September 3 in support of the Samaikyandhra agitation, according to its convener N. Vishnuvardhan.
The member organisations of the Medical JAC included the Indian Medical Association, Andhra Pradesh Doctors’ Association, Indian Dental Association, Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physicians Association, Asram Medical College, St. Joseph Dental College, St. Joseph Nursing Home, the Eluru Chemists and Druggists Association, West Godavari Medical and Health Employees JAC, Red Cross Nursing Home and Kunti Devi Nursing Home.
Dr. Vishnuvardhan said that a massive procession would be taken out from old bus stand to the fire centre and it would be culminated into a ‘medical manavaharam’ (human chain) and public meeting at the fire station centre.
Barring emergency services, all the other forms of medical services would not function as part of the bandh on that day, and the district government hospital, Asram Hospital, St. Joseph Dental Hospital and the other homeopathy and allopathy hospitals will remain closed, he informed.
However, two medical shops will be allowed to function to cater to the emergency needs of patients. As a mark of protest, the medical JAC also decided to covert its relay hunger strike camp into a free medical camp in the first week of September. Screening tests will be conducted and medicines distributed for free, Dr. Vishnuvardhan added.