VIMSAR docs set Feb 9 deadline to fulfill demands

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Sambalpur: The Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of VIMSAR on Monday set a deadline to Odisha government till February 9 to fulfill their demands. A decision regarding this was taken at the association’s general body meeting today evening.

The JDA president Shankar Ramchandani told media persons after the meeting, “If the demands are not met by the deadline, the junior doctors of VIMSAR would resort to cease work from February 10.”

He also demanded that Health Minister and Secretary should visit the VIMSAR and consider their demands.

Earlier in the day, the JDA had talks with Sambalpur MLA Rasheswari Panigrhai. But the meeting did not reach any conclusion.

Notably, the 450 junior doctors of VIMSAR had decided to put their 11-day stir on hold till January 31.

The demands of the doctors include installation of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, delegation of financial and administrative powers to VIMSAR, shifting of female medicine ward to a new building, strengthening of security on the medical college premises, round-the-clock water and electricity supply at the operation theatre, a labour room, a sick newborn care unit (SNCU), an intensive care unit (ICU), a new medicine ward, a canteen, hostels, an increase in library fund, recruitment of staff for the library, filling up of vacant teaching and non-teaching posts and improvement in the sanitary condition of the institute.

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