Health services normalises as doctors resume duty

JAIPUR: After calling off their strike on Wednesday, in-service and resident doctors of all government-run medical colleges resumed duties on Thursday.
The state government issued transfer order of Dr Ajay Chaudhary on Thursday. He has been transferred from chief medical health officer (CMHO) Churu to in the same capacity. Earlier, he was transferred to Hindaun‘s government hospital. All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) had protested against the decision and it was one of the key demands of the doctors to end the strike.

However, those who had been jailed under Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) were felicitated by their colleagues and given a rousing welcome at the hospitals. During the strike, 84 doctors were arrested and over 20 were sent behind bars. A lot of others had fled to other states on a holiday to evade arrest.

“I was arrested December 16 from Jaisalmer‘s government hospital. I was on duty. But, now after spending 11 days in jail, I have joined the duty. The experience of the jail was horrific but as two other doctors were also jailed with me, it was not much difficult to pass the time,” said Dr BK Barupal, who is district tuberculosis in-charge of district.

Dr Barupal said they had sleep on concrete platform in the cell and had jail‘s food. It is not his first experience of jail, earlier also he was jailed for 11 days during 11-days doctors‘ strike in 2011.

Along with him, two doctors who were jailed were Dr DL Bunkar, drug warehouse officer and Dr MD Soni, who is deputy chief medical health officer (health).

In Sawai Madhopur, three doctors — Dr , Dr Abdul Aziz Kagzi and Dr Mahendra Jain, who had gone to jail, have also received warm welcome at district hospital, where they are posted.

In Beawar‘s district hospital, nurses have been removed from outpatient department (OPD), who were prescribing medicines on the direction of the hospital administration as doctors are back on duties.

In , situation returned to normal as the numbers of patients have increased in OPD and also surgeries were planned. After the strike, doctors had claimed that they will work more sincerely and with more enthusiasm to provide treatment to patients.

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