Samba, June 13
The patients, their attendants and general public visiting District Hospital Samba here suffered a lot as the para-medical staff who went on undeclared strike in the support of Female Multipurpose Health Workers (FMPHW)’s protest against their demands.
The staff members stayed away from the OPD and went on strike to lodge their protest in support of FMPHW demands regarding release of their salaries and others.
A large number patients and attendants kept waiting in the OPD for long. The work in the operation theatres, labs and other diagnostic units of the hospital also remained badly hit while the patients in the wards also suffered for want of much needed medical aid. Many patients were shifted to other hospitals and even to GMC Jammu by their attendants. The emergency unit of the hospital, however, was allowed to function.
After shouting slogans against the hospital, Paramedical staffers warned hospital administration that if FMPHW’s demands are not met soon, then there might be complete strike and responsibility of paralysing services will be of the hospital administration.
While the public kept suffering throughout the day due to strike in hospital, the District Administration remained unconcerned to tackle the issue. The patients coming from other blocks etc remained unattended in the District Hospital today.
Joginder Kumar of Village Sangwali said he went to District Hospital for her mother’s check up but with the non-availability of junior staff, the doctors could not manage to attend his mother.
Mohan Lal said, “He went to hospital for his wife’s check up but there were no attendant in the hospital and doctors referred him to some private clinic which is much expensive for him to conduct tests.” Several village residents appealed the state government to redress the demands of FMPHW soon so that the smooth functioning of the hospital will occur.