Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) Junior doctors in government-run hospitals across Telangana on Thursday night called off their strike.The junior doctors, who had been on strike since Wednesday morning, resumed duties from 9 p.m. on Thursday.The Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) announced that they are calling off the strike keeping in view patients' health as their first priority and their responsibility to serve them in present pandemic crisis.The Association, which held talks with Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, and Director of Medical Education, thanked Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and health authorities for addressing stipend hike and also allocation of beds for doctors and their family members in the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS)."The only issue that was not completely addressed about ex gratia for martyred HCWs from state government side. Health officials gave us verbal assurance that alternative for ex gratia will be discussed with Hon'ble CM. We hope this issue will be addressed by Hon'ble CM as early as possible honouring martyred HCWs and support to their dependents," it said.About 4,000 junior doctors were on strike to press for their demands. They began the strike on Wednesday with the boycott of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 elective duties and intensified it on Thursday with the boycott of emergency duties.The TJUDA was demanding 15 per cent hike for junior doctors with retrospective effect from January 2020, ex gratia of Rs 50 lakh for family members of junior doctors who died of Covid-19, allotment of beds in NIMS for healthcare workers including junior doctors and their family members for free treatment, and 10 per cent risk allowance. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao accepted on Wednesday announced a 15 per cent increase in the honorarium for senior resident doctors. He also extended the enhanced honorarium to the medical students who are engaged in the Covid-19 duties after their three years of MBBS course. He also ordered that medical facilities for junior doctors and their family members at NIMS be further strengthened.Chandrasekhar Rao also appealed to junior doctors to immediately call off the strike and return to the duty. He said going on strike during the pandemic is not proper.He assured the government is ready to address justified demands of the junior doctors.--IANSms/vd
Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) Junior doctors in government-run hospitals across Telangana continued their strike for the second day on Thursday The Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) continued their protests and boycotted even emergency services in government teaching and allied hospitals. About 4,000 junior doctors were on strike to press for their demands. They began the strike on Wednesday with the boycott of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 elective duties and intensified it on Thursday with the boycott of emergency duties. Though Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao accepted some of the demands and assured that the government is ready to consider all their legitimate demands, the striking junior doctors are insisting that the government either issue orders or give them written assurances. A meeting of TJUDA was on at Osmania Medical College where the leaders were briefing the members on the talks held with Director of Medical Education Ramesh Reddy. The meeting will decide the future course of action.The striking junior doctors staged protests at various hospitals, demanding that the government immediately accept their demands. "Our lives matter" read one of the placards held by protesters.TJUDA is demanding 15 per cent hike for junior doctors with retrospective effect from January 2020, ex gratia of Rs 50 lakh for family members of junior doctors who died of Covid-19, allotment of beds in Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMZ) for health care workers including junior doctors and their family members for free treatment, and 10 per cent risk allowance. The chief minister on Wednesday announced a 15 per cent increase in the honorarium for senior resident doctors. He also extended the enhanced honorarium to the medical students who are engaged in the Covid-19 duties after their three years of MBBS course. The chief minister also ordered that medical facilities for junior doctors and their family members at NIMS be further strengthened. Chandrasekhar Rao also appealed to junior doctors to immediately call off the strike and return to the duty. He said going on strike during the pandemic is not proper.He assured the government is ready to address justified demands of the junior doctors."If the junior doctors' demands are justified, the government has no objection to solve them. They can bring those demands to the government and get them solved. But it is not proper to abstain from duties now and then under the pretext of strike without even understanding the time and situation and causing inconvenience to people time and again. Moreover, going on strike under the present emergency situation caused by Corona no one will appreciate, not even the people," he said. --IANS ms/ash
Hyderabad, May 26 (IANS) Medical services in government-run hospitals in Telangana were affected as junior doctors on Wednesday launched an indefinite strike to press for their demands while Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao appealed to them to immediately call off their protest.Junior doctors began boycotting Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 elective duties at government teaching and allied hospitals across the state from Wednesday.Alleging that there is no response to their demands from the government, they threatened to boycott even emergency duties from Thursday.The Telangana Junior Doctors' Association (TJUDA) is demanding ex-gratia for the families of those who died in the line of duty. According to them, 34 doctors have lost their lives to Covid while discharging their duties.The striking doctors are also demanding allotment of beds and free Covid treatment for health care workers and their families at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).The association is also demanding implementation of hike in stipends, pending from January 2020 and payment of 10 per cent incentive.Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has appealed to junior doctors to immediately call off the strike and return to the duty. He said going on strike during the pandemic is not proper.Rao, who held a meeting with officials on Covid situation, said that the government is ready to address justified demands of the junior doctors.While junior doctors were free to raise their demands and discuss them with the government, there was no justification for going on strike on every issue and causing inconvenience to people, and that too during Covid-19 pandemic."If the junior doctors' demands are justified, the government has no objection to solving them. They can bring those demands to the government and get them solved. But it is not proper to abstain from duties now and then under the pretext of strike without even understanding the time and situation and causing inconvenience to people time and again. Moreover, going on strike under the present emergency situation caused by corona... no one will appreciate, not even the people," he said.The Medical and Health Department officials brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that junior doctors are getting high stipend compared to other states. Rao enquired about the demands made by the junior doctors. The officials briefed him about the demands and he instructed that they be solved.The Chief Minister decided to increase the honorarium paid to the senior resident doctors by 15 per cent. The same honorarium will be extended to the medical students who are engaged in Covid duties after their three years of medical course.He instructed that better medical facilities should be provided to junior doctors and their family members at the NIMS. He directed the officials concerned to take measures so that the ex-gratia amount being extended as per the guidelines should be handed over immediately as per the junior doctors' demand.--IANSms/vd
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) In a stinging attack on Ramdev, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has alleged that the yoga guru is creating a false sense of fear and frustration in the public at large so that he can sell his 'illegal' and 'unapproved' so-called medicines and make money at the cost of the people."IMA brings to the notice of our Health Minister, a video circulating in social media portraying the celebrated Yoga guruji addressing 'ALLOPATHY EK AISI STUPID AUR DIWALIYA SCIENCE HAI'. In the past too, he had uttered modern medical doctors as murderers in the presence of the Health Minister himself on the pretext of the release of his wonder drugs," the IMA said in a statement. "However, it is a well-known fact that the said yoga guruji and his associate Balkrishna Ji have been taking modern medical allopathy treatment as and when they get into illness. Now to mislead the public at large, he is making all false and baseless acquisitions so that he can sell his illegal and unapproved drugs," IMA said. "In this address, he has further claimed that Remdesivir, Faviflu and all other approved drugs by the DCGI have failed, and stated that 'LAKHO LOGO KI MAUT ALLOPHATHY KI DAWAI KHANE SE HUI HAI', challenging the wisdom and integrity of DCGI and the head of all these, our Health Minister," the statement said. Remdesivir and Faviflu have been approved by the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and were notified for use for Covid patients by the Central government in June-July, 2020. The said notification was made by the Central government u/s 2A of the Epidemic Decease Act, 1897. "Therefore, u/s 3 of the Epidemic Decease Act read with Section 188 of IPC, Ramdev deserves to be prosecuted for disobeying and causing danger to the lives of many by making them believe not to take the advice of allopathy drugs. His quote about Favipiravir as medicine against fever/antipyretic is laughable and childish, and demonstrates his in-depth scientific knowledge," IMA added. "Besides being an internationally adorned yoga guru, he is a corporate giant of a pharmaceutical unit and has made several false acquisitions about his company products time and again to mislead the public. The controversies over Coronil and Swasari are well-known to all, and the criminal complaint in Muzaffarour court by social worker Tamanna Hashmi for misleading and putting to risk the lives of a large number of people is a proof to his misadventures," the statement added. --IANSsan/arm
<br>IMA Agra secretary Anoop Dixit said the grievance cell will be headed by former IMA-Agra president Arun Chaturvedi.During the pandemic, there have been numerous complaints against doctors, mostly due to misinformation and lack of understanding of the problems associated with hospitalisation and treatment, medical experts said.One area that has caused maximum heart burning and anguish is the general response of the private nursing homes and hospitals, which have been accused of making money from the unprecedented health disaster. "The private doctors and their outfits have been squeezing the patients, overcharging for medicines, selling beds to the highest bidders. It's loot and exploitation, but the state government has shown no guts to tackle this issue," charged a widow of a social activist who succumbed to the virus some 10 days ago.Those who have means and contacts are getting the best facilities, while those who lack them are left at the mercy of government hospitals, where the conditions and attitude of doctors are far from friendly, according to a large number of patients' parties. Meanwhile, in the vast rural hinterland of Agra, trouble is brewing as the number of deaths is reportedly at an alarmingly high. "Visit any village, it is the same story of deaths and sufferings, though there is no way to get confirmed figures of deaths in the rural areas. But everywhere you go, the scenario is scary," a village panchayat secretary said.In Bamrauli Katara village, around 10 km from the Taj city, there have been more than 40 deaths in the past one month. Blame is being attributed to the large public meetings which were held during the recent panchayat elections without following the Covid protocols.The villagers told IANS that the government health centres rarely open, and no treatment is available for the villagers. "People are thus forced to go to the quacks and 'Jhola Chaaps' who give medicines without tests," a villager rued.An elderly person, Tula Ram, said that a large number of old men and women had died, as there was no one to take care of them or transport them to the health centres for fear of catching the infection. To rub salt to the wounds, few dared to perform the last rites of the deceased, as people were scared of touching bodies, added another villager. "The conditions are pathetic and there is no early hope for respite," said Sonvir Singh, a young activist of the area.Earlier on Saturday, the district magistrate of Agra visited some villages, including Barauli Ahir, Nainana Jat, Digner, Rohta and Kahrai, with teams of doctors to create awareness and take stock of the situation. Teams are now visiting other villages as well after alarming reports of deaths are coming in from the rural belt of Agra. Three-level committees have been set up in the district to look into the matter. According to the District Magistrate P.N. Singh, for the rural areas, the committees would be headed by the SDMs of the tehsils. Anyone with a problem could contact the committees for help, officials pointed out.<br>"Actually, the Covid-19 containment strategy has so far remained urban centric. No thought was given to the impact of migrants returning home and later the panchayat elections. Now you see the effects in full fury. It's difficult to guess the number of deaths in the past one month. It's a health disaster," added a local leader, Jagan Prasad. However, the scene is not uniform, as some areas are still unaffected, he clarified."The monsoon rains could make the situation worse. Though primary health centres and sub-units of the extension departments are there, but the staff crunch keeps them shut," said another rural activist, Manik Chand.--IANS<br>bj/arm<br>
Thiruvananthapuram, May 15 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the Indian Medical Association on Saturday recommended that in the wake of the massive Covid surge, it would be best if the swearing in of the second Pinarayi Vijayan government is done virtually.Vijayan on Friday said the swearing in has been fixed for May 20 and would be held at the Central Stadium.The preparations are going at a fast pace to erect a temporary space.According to sources, around 750 to 800 people will be allowed to grace the occasion.It's at this time the IMA led by its president P.T. Zacharias and its secretary P. Gopikumar in a statement requested that if it's done virtually, it would send a strong message to the people in the way Covid is being tackled.They also pointed out one reason why the second wave has been very bad -- it is on account of the relaxation that came during the time of the recent elections.Moreover, the state is at present under lockdown and starting from Monday, Thiruvananthapuram and three other districts will see a triple lockdown and it's at this time the swearing in is taking place, here.On Friday 34,694 people turned positive after 1,31,375 samples was tested, thereby taking the total active cases to 4,42,194.Likewise the test positivity rate has been hovering in the range of 25 per cent for a while.--IANSsg/skp/
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