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Rashmi Rekha Das

The Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a three-day stir beginning Tuesday protesting poor health care facility at Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. 

The saffron party workers took out a procession before staging a dharna in front of MKCG Medical College and Hospital today.

BJP activists alleged that though the doctors have been transferred very often, no new doctors got posted in their place. As a result, healthcare services are in disarray at the hospital. 

Apart from making Trauma Care Centre functional, BJP workers also demanded to open Burn Care Unit, recruit new doctors in vacant posts and appoint senior doctors at Casualty.

Meanwhile, a few journalists also staged peaceful dharna seeking fulfillment of the same demands.

Senior journalist Jyoti Ranjan Das said, “Despite airing news on problems of MKCG Medical College and Hospital several times, the state government has failed to sort out those issues for which patients are being deprived quality healthcare service. The government’s inaction prompted us to launch the agitation. The hospital has lost its referral status owing to lackadaisical attitude of the government to address those issues. The government can open as many hospitals it wants but it should not neglect the existing hospitals.”

Another senior scribe Sisir Panigrahi says, “MKCG Hospital has been grappling with numerous problems over years. I would like to hold local representatives responsible for not paying heed into it. During elections, they used to make tall claims of providing best healthcare system but they hardly do anything for the betterment of healthcare services at the hospital. MKCG Hospital was built to provide treatment to residents of 10 disricts. Forget about 10 districts, the hospital is now not capable to provide quality services to the denizens.”

When contacted, MKCG Medical College and Hospital Dean Professor Abanikant Mishra said, “As the state government has opened new medical colleges, doctors have been shifted there. Plans are afoot to recruit more doctors.”

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