Medical services at Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital was paralysed on Thursday as junior doctors traded stethoscopes and scalpel for placards and slogans by going on an indefinite strike
Medical services at Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital was paralysed on Thursday as junior doctors traded stethoscopes and scalpel for placards and slogans by going on an indefinite strike. The strike is expected to spread across the State from Friday. The agitation was in protest against a mob attack on a house surgeon, a PG student, a nurse and staff of the hospital, following the death of a 28-year-old pregnant woman, Hemavathi, on Wednesday.Most OPD patients were turned away and many surgeries were cancelled, with only critical emergency cases being attended to, as 250 postgraduate students and interns of Bowring Hospital and their counterparts in Victoria, Vani Villas and Minto Hospitals joined the strike.
The Indian Medical Association, Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association, Nurses Association and various other paramedical associations extended support to the strike. “Mysore Medical College, KIMS Hubli, VIMS Bellary have assured us of their support as well,” Junior Doctors Association (JDA) members said.Bowring Hospital, which sees approximately 1,500 out-patients every day, had people standing in long queues. The OPD, which has 68 doctors in attendance, had just one doctor attend a few cases and by afternoon it had shut shop.The Emergency ward, which on an average has 30 medico-legal cases and 20 physical emergencies, recorded only 22 cases on Thursday. Caught unawaresAnjaneya, a fruit vendor who had undergone an amputation below one knee recently contacted an infection but was told that the doctors were on strike. A frantic Chitramma was seen scurrying around in vain to find a doctor for her son Shanmuka, who had fractured his wrist.All surgical procedures barring the critical ones were cancelled.
Siddaiah, Secretary, Department of Medical Education, laid the foundation stone for the new block to house the section on treating the mentally ill at the K.R. Hospital here yesterday. The new building is being constructed on the vacant space behind the Eye Department's structure. The new facility for mentally ill out-patients is being created at a cost of Rs. 46.25 lakh under grants received from the Centre, the official disclosed to media.
The funds granted two years ago was being utilised now, he explained. Works on first stage of the project will cover two general wards and two special wards. The Public Works Department has been directed to complete the project within nine months," he said.
Speaking later at the Pathology Department, he said that one-and-half-years ago, K.R. Hospital was granted autonomy. Subsequently, many recruitments have taken place including those of professors and junior doctors, he added. Due to some technical problems, salaries had not been disbursed to the newly recruited staff, he disclosed. However, the problem would be resolved within 15 days, he added.
The official also disclosed that he would visit the Hospital again within 15 days and discuss the problems relating to doctors, treatment of patients, supply of medicines and others for 3 days and make efforts to resolve the problems.
Director of Medical Education Dr. Ramananda Shetty, Director of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute Dr. D. Venkatesh, Medical Superintendent of K.R. Hospital Dr. Geetha Avadhani, Head of Dermatology, K.R. Hospital, Dr. H. Hanumanthappa, Dr. C. Rajan, Dr. Suresh Bhat and others were present.
A massive drive against Polio was launched in the district this morning. Health and Family Welfare Commissioner B. Basavaraju inaugurated the immunisation drive at Nagamma Perumal Chettiyar Maternity Hospital in Nazarbad by administering polio drops to a child.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer Dr. D. Mahadevaiah, Taluk Health Officer Dr. K.H. Prasad, Maternity Hospital Medical Officer Dr. Sangeeta and other officials were present along with the women who had brought their children for immunisation. Authorities have a target of immunising 96,222 children in 300 centres in the city and 3.09 lakh children in the district.
In all 1,583 centres have been opened throughout the district. Immunisation centres have been opened in Government and private hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Government schools and Anganawadi Centres. Each centre is being looked after by four volunteers. Volunteers were seen administering drops in bus stands, railway station, Mysore Palace premises, Zoo and other tourist centres also.
An army of more than 1,200 volunteers, health workers, trainees in nursing schools and members of service organisations are involved in the mission. According to official sources, nearly 2,500 children were immunised by 10 am. The campaign concludes at 5 pm today.
DHO Dr. Mahadevaiah told Star of Mysore that health workers will go door-to-door for three days from tomorrow in the district to administer drops to children who are not immunised today.
More powers to DHOs
Earlier, talking to the media persons after launching the campaign, B. Basavaraju disclosed that administration in his department had been decentralised giving more powers to District Health and Family Welfare Officers for improving infrastructure in Government hospitals.
He said that DHOs were empowered to purchase equipment needed for hospitals and recruit staff. Basavaraju said that the Government had already recruited 500 doctors and a proposal had been sent to Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) to select 850 more doctors. He claimed that there was no dearth for funds in his department to improve the conditions in the Government hospitals. DHOs can take decisions without waiting for the nod from higher officials in the department.
Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan has informed that the second round of pulse polio programme will be held tomorrow and warned the Health Department officials that action will be taken against them in case they fail to achieve the target of 90%.
He was speaking at a recent meeting organised in connection with the second round of pulse polio programme. He used them to strive to achieve the target on the first day itself and directed that adequate publicity should be given about the programme at Railway Stations and bus stands.
He also said that he will write a letter to the higher officials to take action against those who did not attend the preliminary meeting. The first round of pulse polio programme in the district on Jan. 6 achieved 99.5 per cent target.
About 1580 pulse polio centres have been opened where it is proposed to cover 3.05 lakh children. On Jan. 6 programme about 2,74,651 children were administered polio drops. Another 28,882 were covered during a door-to-door campaign.
The Karnataka State Orthopaedic Conference will be held for the first time in Kodagu from Feb. 8 to 10 at Crystal Hall, Madikeri. More than 500 Orthopaedic surgeons from the State and neighbouring States and also post-graduate students in Orthopaedics will participate.
The faculty will include Orthopaedic surgeons and teachers of national and international repute from India and abroad. The Indian Orthopaedic Association President Dr. Goel, Indian Orthopaedic Association President-elect Dr. Shantharam Shetty and OASISCON President and various Heads of Orthopaedic Associations in the country will participate.
The inaugural ceremony of the Conference will be held at Crystal Hall in Madikeri on Feb. 9 at 10.30. a.m. Lt.Gen. B. C. Nanda will be the chief guest. The Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu K.R.Niranjan will be the guest of honour. More than 250 Post-graduate students in orthopaedic surgery will participate in the Continuing Medical Education and advance course to be held on Feb. 8. There will be three workshops to educate the practical working for the PGs on specialised subjects in Orthopaedics like joint replacement, newer fixation techniques in fracture, etc.
The second and the third day of the conference will discuss about recent trends in Orthopedics. Some of the present day problems of the developing countries like the alarming increase in death and disability following road traffic accidents will be discussed besides promoting awareness in prevention of accidents, measures like pre-hospitalisation care in the ‘Golden Hour’and salvaging patients with grievous injuries would be the highlight of the conference.
More than 175 scientific papers from various authors of different institutions will be presented in the conference and discussed, according to a press release from Dr. K. Ravi Appaji, the Organising Secretary of KOACON 2008.