Correspondent

Situation turns worse in SCB Medical College and Hospital

CUTTACK: Situation in the State’s premier hospital is turning worse. Fed up with deteriorating healthcare service, patients start vacating the SCB Medical College and Hospital here even as the indefinite cease-work stir of junior doctors entered the third day on Friday.

“We would continue to boycott work till our demands are met,” said the Junior Doctors’ Association president B. B Satpathy.

Stick to stand

The doctors are demanding round-the-clock HIV and hepatitis testing centres in hospital and adequate protection from the spread of deadly diseases as they are now frequently coming across HIV positive cases.

The striking doctors say: “It is risky to work in the present set up as we have already lost a surgeon at MKCG medical college in Berhampur in the recent past due to AIDS. The post-mortem report and development symptoms of the surgeon indicated that he apparently contacted the virus from an afflicted patient operated by him,” Dr. Satapathy said.

With nearly 300 junior doctors, a major workforce of the hospital have been on cease-work stir since Wednesday, the health service here was seriously affected. However, hospital Superintendent J. K Balabantray maintained that the situation was under control.

Directive to authorities

But the striking doctors now demand that the testing centres should have sufficient number of dedicated staff to manage it round the clock. Meanwhile, State Health Secretary Chinmoy Basu, who came to the hospital for attending a function on Friday, told the hospital authorities to ensure that normalcy was soon restored after fulfilling the demands of the striking doctors.

He admitted that the demands of junior doctors were genuine.