OT locked, health services paralysed

28 June, 2016

JAJPUR : HEALTH services in the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Jajpur have been disrupted for the last two weeks after its Operation Theatre (OT) was locked by agitating doctors under the banner of Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA). They are on strike protesting assault on a gynaecologist of the hospital Barendra Nath Jena by a group of persons, who alleged medical negligence. A woman, Smitarani Mohanty of Kodandapur area who was admitted to the DHH for delivery, died in the hospital on June 14. Her relatives, subsequently, assaulted Barendra alleging negligence in treatment.

Operations in the hospital have been stopped since June 15 and patients are forced to seek help from private hospitals. The doctors threatened to continue their strike till their three point charter of demands is not fulfilled.

Their demands include arrest of the persons involved in attack on Birendra and setting up of a police outpost on the DHH premises. The Chief District Medical Officer, Phanindra Panigrahi said though the OT has been locked, both outdoor and indoor of the DHH are operational. Steps are being taken to unlock the OT in a day or two. Meanwhile, Jajpur Town police have arrested two of the accused involved in the assault.