Chennai, Sep 6 (IANS) The Hindu Munnani will conduct a hunger protest on Monday at Valluvar Kottam against the DMK government's ban on installing idols at the roadside during the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations.The BJP and the Hindu Munnani are up in arms after the DMK government announced that idols would not be permitted to be installed at roadsides and that immersion of these idols in water bodies was not allowed. The government in its order on August 30 said that this was to adhere to the Covid standard protocol and prevent the spread of the pandemic.This has not gone down well with the Hindu outfits, and the BJP Tamil Nadu state president, K. Annamalai questioned the wisdom of the government banning Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations while allowing TASMAC liquor shops to function unabated.The Hindu Munnani has announced that it would install one lakh idols at the residences and celebrate the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival. The Government has said that the festival has to be confined to the residences of the people. The organisation has also called upon the people to worship at Vinayakar temples and pray for good sense for the Tamil Nadu government to allow Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations.BJP state president K. Annamalai has also said that the party would conduct protests across the state against the DMK government's decision to ban installing idols at waysides.Hindu Munnani Tamil Nadu state president Kadeswara C. Subramaniam has said that the organisation would go ahead with the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations on September 10. He also demanded that the DMK government conduct talks with the Hindu Munnani leaders immediately.While speaking to IANS, Kadeswara. C .Subramaniam said, "The DMK government of Tamil Nadu is showing its true colours and is against the Hindu interests. The Hindu Munnani is conducting a hunger protest against the draconian policies unleashed by the DMK government against Hindu festivals and we will strongly oppose this across Tamil Nadu."The BJP has also raised the issue in the Tamil Nadu Assembly with party legislator M.R. Gandhi calling upon the government to permit Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations across the state.However, state Minister of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department P.K. Sekar Babu in his reply said that the state government was only taking action on the basis of a circular issued by Union Home secretary Ajay Bhalla directing all states to take suitable measures to prevent crowd control and to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.DMK propaganda secretary, T. Sabapathy Mohan told IANS, "The BJP and Hindu Munnani are trying to politicise the issue. The government's ban is only for the welfare of the people and to prevent the Covid pandemic spread and nothing else. People know the real issues and politically charged issues and they will see through the plans of these organisations."--IANSaal/dpb
New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Science may see its Officers Association going on strike by the end of this month to press for their demands, including cadre review "which has not been done for last 30 years".The Officers Association of AIIMS has submitted a memorandum to the AIIMS administration with their demands, saying cadre review has not been done since 1992 and the Health Ministry and AIIMS should seriously consider the matter.Officers Association of AIIMS President Ajeet Singh said that they have written many times to the Health Ministry in the past, but got no response. "Now the Health Minister has also changed, but our demands are still unanswered. We are requesting the AIIMS administration to undertake a cadre review which has not been done for last 30 years. Once the cadre is reviewed, the employees of Officers Association AIIMS can be promoted, but no consideration has been given so far," said.The association's other demands include the review of AIIMS's contribution in national pension scheme. Ajeet Singh claimed that other government offices contribute 14 per cent in the NPS, but AIIMS offers only 10 per cent.He also said that Delhi's AIIMS, Chandigarh AIIMS, and PGI Puducherry Hospital fall under the same category, but all are being given different pay scales. "A coordination committee was constituted in 2012 at Deputy Director level with Delhi AIIMS, Chandigarh AIIMS, and PGI Puducherry to solve such issues but all has gone in vain and nothing has been achieved," he said.If the AIIMS administration will not respond to our demands, we will go on strike by the end of this month, he warned.--IANSavr/vd
Vijayawada, July 30 (IANS) The state government's diktat on installation of captive oxygen plants and adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders at hospitals has run into opposition from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).IMA President elect C. Srinivasa Raju on Thursday described the government order issued in this regard as unnecessary, illogical and impractical.Issued recently by the Andhra Pradesh government, the order makes it compulsory for all the hospitals to install captive oxygen production facilities and ensure adequate oxygen supplies in their premises. As per the order, hospitals failing to do so will stand to forfeit their registrations.Speaking to the media, Raju said the arbitrary nature of the order has bewildered the IMA. He noted that the decision has been taken without taking the opinion of the private hospitals and private doctors who are major stakeholders in the issue. He also demanded a state-level advisory committee to discuss the matter.Private players in the state, represented by the Andhra Pradesh Private Nursing Homes and Hospitals Association, Andhra Pradesh Speciality Hospitals Association, and the Aarogysri Network Hospitals Association, have extended their support to the IMA in this regard.--IANSpvn/arm
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has raised objection to the provision of including the AYUSH into the modern medical system during the training of medical students, saying "it is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy".
In a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC), the IMA said, "It is not prudent for an Intern trained in modern medicine to partake and practice a system of medicine which he has not learned in under graduation with know-how and show-how paradigms."
"And straightaway coming to do it in an internship is dangerous to the public and the system," mentions the IMA in its letter on Thursday.
Referring that AYUSH and its components are vast subjects, the IMA said "working there for a week the intern will not learn any new skill, and there is no clarity who shall be their mentor, and will they be assessed by NMC faculty norms or not".
"What objective, role or competency will be learned which will augment his competencies as IMG? Are we adding engineering and Agriculture science too for a week as it will make him a perfect human being?" the IMA asked.
One week-period exposure, especially in another system of medicine will only pave the way to a half-baked mixopath, which is disastrous for the country, it said.
"IMA fully opposes the inclusion of one-week exclusive elective posting which is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy. IMA strives for purity of profession."
"The rider for the said elective is very clear to the effect that provided the said discipline is available in the same college or institution where the internship is being done by the intern," said the IMA, adding "in this pretext, attempts will be made to introduce all these disciplines inside the modern medical hospitals, and slowly mixopathy will creep in".
The IMA noted it is also to be borne in mind that in terms of the interpretative pronouncement made by the Supreme Court in a series of proclamations that the registered medical practitioner in a given path, whereunder he or she have been trained and possesses the requisite registering qualification, is entitled to practice the said profession and not trespass any other profession in any manner by practicing the same.
"This being binding and established position of law, any posting in the name of elective in the period of internship which has no bearing in regard to the competencies that the intern would be entitled to practice as registered medical practitioner are neither open nor permissible for inclusion in the said internship programme, otherwise, it will be violative of this binding settled legal position in terms of it being law of the land."
The IMA said it appeals to delete Section 4.3 (17), which says exclusive elective posting of one week in any one of the AYUSH medicine available in the medical college to be given as a mandatory elective posting.
The IMA submitted seven-point observations with a firm request to the NMC to delete section 4.3 (17) and do necessary corrections for the other comments placed. (agency)
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<br>Over 38,000 nurses working in government-run hospitals stayed away from work applying sick leave, demanding that they be provided with facilities for Covid-19 services, and the long-delayed promotion and disparities within other health workers be solved."Nurses battling the pandemic are given only surgical masks while authorities in AC rooms are given quality masks," Saman Ratnapriya, President of the Government Nursing Officers' Association, told IANS. The union leader complained that nearly 4,000 nurses working on the frontline battling the pandemic have not been given a single vaccine dose.The strike has brought work in over 1,100 hospitals to a standstill, while the services at nearly 250 medical offices and 17 nurses' training schools too have come to a halt.However, nurses are attending to the emergency services at the children's hospitals, cancer hospitals and maternity hospitals. They are also, on voluntary basis, working at 125 hospitals and Covid centres where nearly 30,000 Covid infected patients are treated.The trade union charged that the government has failed to address the long-pending demand to solve the promotion disparities among doctors and nurses. "While the doctors get the first promotion in two years, the nurses have to wait for 10 years. While the doctors get their second promotion in the ninth year, the nurses have to wait for 20 years," Ratnapriya complained. He said that six months ago, the government had promised to solve this disparity, but nothing has happened. He also complained that the Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led government has failed to act on his Presidential election promise to promote nurses' education to degree status.While out-patients departments (OPD) at the hospitals look isolated, thousands of patients are seen flocking outside the hospitals.Up to Wednesday, Sri Lanka had reported more than 259,000 Coivd-19 cases with over 3,000 deaths.--IANS<br>sfl/arm
Chandigarh, June 25 (IANS) Amidst the pandemic, medical services were badly hit in Punjab on Friday after doctors of state-run hospitals joined a day-long strike to protest against the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations on de-linking non-practicing allowance (NPA) from the basic pay.The impact of the strike was seen more in rural areas of the state.Medical services in the out-patient departments (OPDs) were severely affected due to the strike. However, emergency services were exempted from the strike.Patients and their attendants blamed the government to resolve the issue amicably."The common man suffers more because of the strike as they couldn't afford the costly private treatment," Gurdev Singh, a resident of Amritsar who brought his mother for treatment, said.The call for strike was given by the Joint Punjab Government Doctors Coordination Committee, which is supported by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association, the Punjab Medical Teachers Association, the Rural Medical Officers Association, the Punjab Dental Medical Officers Association and the Punjab Ayurveda Officers Association.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday constituted an oversight committee of ministers to resolve the grievances of the employees of the government.Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Social Justice Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Medical Education and Research Minister O.P. Soni and Health Minister Balbir Sidhu will be a part of the committee.The Chief Minister also directed the Chief Secretary to constitute an officers' committee to personally listen to the grievances of the employees of various departments.--IANSvg/in