Members of the CITU-led 108 Services Contract Employees Union struck work for the third day on Sunday and continued their stir, even as the Prakasam district administration left no stone untoward to run the emergency health service in the interest of patients.
The agitating 108 ambulance staff members staged a half-naked procession on the arterial Trunk Road here to press their demands. Inaugurating the relay fast by the agitating staff members, CITU district general secretary Ch. Srinivasa Rao, urged the government to run on its own the emergency health service instead of operating it through the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK-EMRI).
Meanwhile, the district administration put on the road 28 of its 32 vehicles with outsourced drivers and ANMs. As many as 59 emergency cases were shifted to hospital by ambulances.
When contacted by The Hindu , District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) Rama Tulasiamma said, ''While one vehicle is under repair in Chimakurthi following an accident, we expect outsourced drivers to join duty any time to operate two other vehicles. The ambulance at Darsi is yet to get its fitness certificate renewed.”
Union District President Sk.Mastan said they would have no option but to intensify their stir if the government remained indifferent to the issues concerning them. Their six-point charter of demands includes a minimum monthly pay of Rs. 15,000, job security and an end to harassment by the management.
Officials run 28 ambulances with outsourced drivers and ANMs