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Striking medicos start parallel out patient service at OGH

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Agitation enters third day; doctors attend to emergency cases Agitation enters third day; doctors attend to emergency cases


  • Heavy rush at parallel OP clinic at OGH
  • More OPs to begin functioning on Monday
  • Free medicines worth Rs. 20,000 distributed
  • Effigy of the former MCI member burnt



    WAY TO CURE: Striking junior doctors running a parallel out-patient unit at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad on Saturday.

    HYDERABAD: A parallel out patient clinic started by the striking junior doctors at Osmania General Hospital (OGH) here on Saturday witnessed heavy rush even as the agitation by the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA) entered the third day.

    The junior doctors decided to run parallel OP clinics under the name -- People's Health Revolution -- in all Government hospitals in the State to deflect criticism that hospital services were paralysed due to the strike. The first OP clinic started functioning from the OGH today.

    Many out patients at the OGH rushed to the parallel clinic as the striking doctors began treating patients from a makeshift tent. Long queues were witnessed till noon. The APJUDA OMC unit general secretary, Pradeep, said more than 1,000 patients had been treated and given free medicines worth Rs. 20,000. "We plan to start similar OP's in Gandhi, Niloufer and ENT hospitals and all Government hospitals from Monday," he said. Kotamma, of Hitec city who had to go back on Friday without being treated at OGH said, "I was treated by the doctors at the parallel OP today." Narasimhulu of Chevella suffering from severe body pains came to the OGH. "I saw people lining up outside the tent. The doctors checked me and gave medicines," he said.

    Inside OGH, the junior doctors attended duties in the casualty ward and took care of emergency cases. More than 50 cases were treated in the casualty ward, which lacks proper facilities.

    As part of the agitation, the junior doctors burnt the effigy of former Medical Council of India member, C. L. Venkat Rao, in Hyderabad, Warangal, Kurnool and Visakhapatnam blaming him for the alleged mushrooming of private medical colleges in the State. They also set ablaze an effigy of the Chief Minister in Gandhi Medical College, took out a reverse march in Tirupati, observed `Arogya satyagarha' in Kakinada and formed a human chain in Vijayawada.

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