Jharkhand Health Minister promises filling up vacancies at all levels of health centers

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Jamshedpur, Feb 4: The newly appointed Health Minister Banna Gupta has said that filling up vacancies at all levels of health centers would be his top priority. Interacting with media, Gupta, who is 

 Jamshedpur West MLA said that the previous government only built infrastructures with three new medical colleges but failed to provide resources like doctors, nursing staff and paramedics. The situation is the same not only in all the six medical colleges, but also at hospitals in district, block and village levels.

“ It is really a matter of concern that several rural hospitals are lying locked due to lack of doctors. I have asked my department principal secretary to compile a list of hospitals along with their manpower requirements. After getting the figure I will meet the Chief Minister to take steps to fill up the vacancies,” said Gupta.

Gupta on Monday had held a meeting with Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services), Chanakya Chaudhary and Tata Steel Utilities and Infrastructure Services Limited MD Tarun Daga and MGM Hospital superintendent Dr Sanjay Kumar and deputy superintendent Dr Nakul Choudhary at Circuit House and discussed problems with MGM doctors and nursing staff and also inspected the emergency and other wards of the over 500-bed state owned.

“I have asked the principal secretary (Nitin Madan Kulkarni) to ensure that stock of essential medicines and manpower list (doctors, nursing and paramedic) with duty hours and a contact number should be displayed prominently along with contact number of civil surgeons, principal secretary and health minister at all hospitals from district to village level,” said Gupta.

 The State run MGM Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) is reeling under lack of facilities.  The MGMCH is a government hospital with the facility of 540 beds. Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. Several times parts of ceiling and windows have collapsed in the government hospital. Due to lack of repair work and attention of the authorities concerned, the condition of the hospital has deteriorated to a great extent. As of now, MGM has 540 beds, 10 operating theatres, ICU and CT scan units, a blood bank and 13 departments, including emergency and gynaecology.

“The hospital building is in poor condition, which needs immediate repair. Moreover the facilities at operation theatre and C T Scan need to be upgraded. The facilities for doctors and attendants also need to be addressed,” conceded an official.MGM also wants cardiac, kidney and skin super specialty units, as well as separate chambers for its associate professors.

PhD student in China is State’s 1st coronavirus suspect

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PATNA: Lab report of Chhapra native who was kept in the isol ..

A 25-year-old Ranchi man pursuing PhD in China has become the first suspect of Coronavirus in Jharkhand, albeit only on the basis of the fact that he was in China when the mysterious virus was first reported. The suspect, whose identity is undisclosed, got admitted in the isolation ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Novel Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

However, he refused to stay at RIMS and insisted that concerned health authorities keep a medical watch on him while he is allowed to stay at home. “The man has not shown any symptoms of the viral infection yet. However, we have sent his samples for lab test and kept him under observation as he was in China during the Coronavirus outbreak,” said Rakesh Dayal, Jharkhand Director of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. 

RIMS Superintendent Dr. Vivek Kashyap said that the man’s samples of mucus and saliva have been sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV) in Pune and the hospital authorities were waiting for the results. “We have sent his samples to the laboratory for tests. Although he wanted to stay at home and we allowed him to leave, we have kept him under surveillance,” said Kashyap.

RIMS has set up a five-bed special isolation ward to admit patients suffering from symptoms similar to that of Coronavirus in Ranchi. Since the airborne virus can enter a person’s body through his respiratory tract and is considered highly communicable, the suspected patients at RIMS will be kept at the isolation ward. “If needed, we will arrange for more beds and a bigger isolation ward only for suspected cases of Coronavirus,” Kashyap said.

Health Minister of Jharkhand, Banna Gupta on Friday told media persons that health department was ready with all necessary measures for dealing with the health emergency. “We are taking the matter seriously and have made necessary arrangements to deal with the emergency,” he said.

The first case of Novel Coronavirus in India was reported from Kerala on Thursday. The patient who tested positive in Kerala was also pursuing higher studies in Wuhan University in China and probably contracted the virus from there. The IDSP has been in constant touch with the suspect in Ranchi in order to ensure necessary interventions in case he complains of symptoms similar to that of Coronavirus patients.

So far, India has screened around 45,000 passengers arriving from China and one positive case has been detected. China on Thursday saw 38 new deaths due to the virus, taking the death toll to 170 worldwide.

People traveling to Jharkhand from countries affected by Coronavirus will be kept under surveillance for at least 28 days since landing in Ranchi, IDSP students have said. The surveillance will be a part of the State’s precautionary mechanism to curtail the spread of the airborne virus in Jharkhand. Jharkhand has also sounded a precautionary alert for Coronavirus, which infects the respiratory tract of patients and causes symptoms similar to common flu.

Jailed Lalu Prasad Beats BJP In Jharkhand From Hospital Bed.

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Ranchi: His political career has been written off by many but RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, currently jailed in a fodder scam case in the Birsa Munda jail here, again proved his prowess by accomplishing the BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand by preserving the opposition alliance comprising his party, the JMM and the Congress.

According to a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, Lalu Prasad, currently admitted to the Ranchi Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), proved a boon for the Grand Alliance in the state, where it is currently leading in over 45 out of the 81 seats.

Ahead of the assembly polls, when the Congress, the RJD and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) were in talks to finalise seat-sharing in the mineral-rich eastern state, the RJD chief, who on a number of occasions has been kingmaker in Bihar and at the Centre, convinced his son and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to accept the formula.

A RJD leader, who did not wish to be named, said Tejashwi Yadav wanted to contest in more seats of his choice.

“Following his demands, Tejashwi also did not participate in a joint press conference in Ranchi despite being present in the state capital,” the party leader said, adding that after the RJD leader’s absence, questions were being raised on the future of Grand Alliance in the state.

“However, Laluji, who was then admitted in RIMS, then convinced Tajaswi to hold talks with (JMM chief) Hemant Soren and the Congress leaders.

“Laluji knew that if Tejashwi remained adamant on his demands, then the opposition will break ahead of the assembly polls and will pave the way for the BJP to win easily,” the RJD leader said.

Speaking to IANS over phone, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said: “It was the experience of Laluji that saved the alliance in the state ahead of the polls. And Laluji’s experience in Jharkhand also helped the Grand Alliance to defeat the arrogant BJP in Jharkhand.”

He said that Lalu Prasad’s intervention at “perfect time” helped to bring the anti-BJP parties together in the state as he convinced Tejashwi Yadav to agree to the seven seats allotted to the RJD.

The JMM and Congress contested on 43 and 31 seats, respectively.

Jharkhand voted in five phases from November 30 to December 20 and the results are being counted on Monday.

‘Jharkhand Taking Giant Leap to Bolster Patient Care’

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The Jharkhand Government is determined to improve delivery of healthcare services across State especially in rural areas. We are taking measures to ensure quality care to every strata of society, Ramachandra Chandravanshi, Minister for Health, Medical Education & Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand, said while delivering speech at the Healthcare Summit Jharkhand held in Ranchi recently.

Organised by the Department of Health, Medical Education & Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand along with Elets Technomedia, the healthcare summit witnessed confluence of key policymakers, international experts and industry leaders deliberating different aspects of healthcare including challenges and how technology could keep them at bay.

Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Ayushman Bharat from the soil of Jharkhand. In a bid to scale up implementation of the game- changer scheme, we will be distributing golden cards to 57 lakh families of the State soon.

We were given a target to distribute golden cards to 25 lakh families by the Centre last year. A total of 32 lakh families have been added up to the scheme under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das. A total of 2 crore 19 lakh patients availed treatment facilities at both private and government hospitals under the scheme till date. There are 429 private hospitals and 219 government hospitals which have been empanelled under the scheme.

The State Government has spent an amount of Rs 215 crore to facilitate care under the scheme. We are also working to set up health and wellness centres in rural areas. Best part is not only initiatives are being announced but the Government also ensures its execution.


The State Government is also working on plan to set up Mohalla clinics where doctors will sit for two hours, providing treatment facilities to patients. In addition, plans are afoot to start bike ambulance and 100 telemedicine centres soon.

To encourage private providers, we have decided to provide a series of concessions. Those 300-bed hospitals having 20 acre land would be provided a fund of Rs 30 crore, free road facility upto five kilometers and electricity.


We have started imparting training to 200 community health workers in naxal hit-Palamu district. With 20 days training, they are now being equipped in terms of knowledge to facilitate basic care in villages. Soon, we will be recruiting these workers for whole state to bolster primary care delivery system. In addition, the government is also working to open more medical colleges to train medical graduates.

I invite all state private agencies to join our mission to improve healthcare infrastructure in Jharkhand.

TMH first Jharkhand hospital to get Bone Marrow Transplant facility.

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TV Narendran, CEO and MD, Tata Steel today inaugurated the recently established 2 bed Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility at the JGMH Block of Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in the presence of R Ravi Prasad, President Tata Workers’ Union. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel and Air Marshal (Dr) Rajan Chaudhry, AVSM, VSM (Retd.), General Manager (Medical Services) were also present on the occasion.

The BMT facility – the only one its kind in Jharkhand and one of the few in the Eastern region – is a standalone dedicated facility which would bring international level care to patients from Jharkhand and adjoining areas at reasonably affordable rates. A team led by eminent Medical Oncologist Dr (Brig) Anil Kumar Dhar, ably supported by the departments of Medical Oncology, Pathology, Critical Care and Nursing under the guidance of Dr. Rajan Chaudhry has already conducted a successful transplant for a complicated case of Lymphoma. The transplant has given new lease of life to the patient.

Narendran said, “TMH has been selflessly serving the community in and around Jamshedpur for more than a hundred years. The addition of the Bone Marrow Treatment facility is a testament to the continuous effort to bring in advanced treatment for cancer care. The new facility addresses the complete ecosystem involving the entire ecosystem involving infrastructure, medical resources and research with the objective to offer state-of-the-art treatment to patients.”

R Ravi Prasad said, “With advanced treatment such as Bone Marrow Transplant now available in Jamshedpur, patients from this region will no longer need to travel across the country for such facilities. It is indeed a matter of great satisfaction that a successful transplant has already taken place. I congratulate the entire TMH team on this momentous occasion and wish them all the best in their efforts to alleviate the pain and suffering of cancer patients.”

Bone Marrow Transplant is a therapeutic treatment modality which is a boon for patients of leukemia (blood cancer), lymphomas (malignancies of the lymph nodes) and multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow itself). It is also the only curative therapy for non-malignant disorders like Thalassemia and Sickle cell anemia which are endemic in this part of the country. BMT is a procedure in which the diseased bone marrow is destroyed and replaced by healthy bone marrow or stem cells transplanted from healthy cells of the patient or a matched donor.

Open hospitals in State: CM to investors

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Riding on the recent health indicators portraying growth and betterment in the health services in the State, Chief Minister Raghubar Das today appealed to investors to help improve health facilities in Jharkhand by means of opening hospitals, especially in rural areas. The CM said that the government will provide subsidy and all facilities to the investors for the purpose.

Addressing people during the inaugural ceremony of Healthcare Summit Jharkhand-2019 here on Thursday the CM said that if any investor builds a hospital in a rural area, the government will give them 75 per cent subsidy on land value for the purchase, 50 per cent in the block headquarters and 25 per cent in the urban area. The investment (single door) will be through a single channel, he said.

“Jharkhand was ranked third in the NITI Aayog’s State index for incremental growth. It is the result of continuous growth of State in the field of health since 2014. In the year 2000, the maternal mortality rate in Jharkhand was 400 per lakh, which decreased to 165 per lakh, infant mortality rate was 72 per thousand, which decreased to 29 per thousand, institutional deliveries which were only 13.50 per cent which increased to 80 per cent and complete vaccination was 9 per cent which increased to 87 per cent. Jharkhand ranks third in providing OPD service in hospitals across the country. These facts indicate that the State is on the path of reform in the field of health,” said the CM.

Das said that till September 25, 2 crore 85 lakh people of the State will be covered by Golden Card under Ayushman Bharat Yojna. As many as 57 lakh families of Jharkhand will have benefit of this scheme. Golden cards have been made available to 39,13,000 families. A total of 2,26,000 beneficiaries have been taken advantage of the scheme. An amount of Rs 206 crores has been spent for this. To provide maximum benefit of the scheme to the poor, a 300-bed hospital has been arranged in Jamshedpur, where only patients coming under the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be treated. The State has 429 private and 219 government hospitals listed under the scheme. The government will also waive the fee being taken for the golden card in the Pragya Kendras from August 16, 2019, for the poor,” added he.

The CM said on death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Atal Clinic will be opened in every ward.

Das said that the people of the state are getting 108 ambulance facilities. About 5,000 calls are being received every day. The treatment of 8,000 patients is being ensured by 108 ambulances. This service is more effective in tribal areas. Through CSR also, the government is providing the facility of bike ambulance to the poor in remote areas.

Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi said that the government is working towards providing better health facilities. “We are committed to ensure that people get health care up to their doorstep. On September 25, 57 lakh families will be given a Golden Card. The government has added 32 lakh additional families in Ayushman Bharat Yojna. In the last 10 months, 2 crore 19 lakh patients have been treated under the scheme. The present government has established a medical college to provide healthcare,” he said.

Jharkhand’s new hospital for PM-JAY beneficiaries

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Chief minister Raghubar Das inaugurated a new hospital exclusively for beneficiaries of the Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme for the poor on Tuesday, courtesy Tata Steel.

Essentially an extension of Tata Main Hospital in Bistupur, the new premises is in Golmuri within Tinplate township, behind the existing Tinplate Hospital.

“It is a day of happiness with the city getting the country’s first hospital dedicated for the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Prasham Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY),” said Das after inaugurating the 30-bed Tata Steel managed hospital offering 24×7 orthopaedic, general surgery, paediatric and critical care facilities.

“We plan to cover 85 per cent of the state’s population under the ambitious health insurance scheme, benefiting 57 lakh families. As of now, we have issued 25 lakh golden cards which enables one to avail benefits under the scheme,” the chief minister said, adding that the state government would henceforth issue free golden cards and not charge Rs 30 as was the norm.

Das said the state government would launch a special drive across the state to issue free golden cards from August 16 to September 23 to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

So far, he added, 219 government hospitals and 429 private hospitals had been empanelled under the health insurance scheme. “More than 2 lakh patients have benefited from the scheme in Jharkhand,” the chief minister said.

Das said talks were on with Tata Motors to empanel Tata Motors Hospital under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

“I have had several meetings with the Tata Steel management. I am thankful they have decided to dedicate a hospital entirely for the scheme. Soon Tata Motors Hospital in Telco township will also be empanelled under the scheme,” he said.

The chief minister went on to highlight some of the initiatives of the state government in health. “We have already launched 329 ambulances that can be called for by dialling 108. We have also started bike ambulances for inaccessible areas in hilly terrains where conventional ambulances cannot reach,” he said.

Das also announced mohalla clinics for those residing in urban slums. “Free primary health care will be provided at mohalla clinics. A special drive will be undertaken between August 16 and September 23 when doctors will be available for two hours each in the morning and evening at all civic bodies,” he said.

Community halls in Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality would be used to run mohalla clinics.

The chief minister said that efforts were on to revive the Baharagora trauma centre that could be of immense help to commuters using NH-33 and NH-6 in case of accidents.

“Doctors will be recruited soon for the Baharagora trauma centre. Recruitments will also be done at the district level,” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore to Kamal Club representatives of districts to organise sports events at the panchayat level. He also distributed golden cards to patients who were admitted to TMH-Golmuri on Tuesday. Two doctors who joined the district were also given appointment letters.

Among the others who were present at the function were MLAs Kunal Sarangi (Baharagora), Meneka Sardar (Potka), Lakshman Tuddu (Ghatshila) and Tata Steel vice-president corporate services Chanakya Choudhary.

The chief minister left for Ranchi at around 12.50 pm.

Jharkhand district hospitals to get special wards for seniors

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Health secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni has directed 22 districts to set up 10-bed geriatric ward in sadar hospitals under National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) as soon as possible for providing acute care to older persons.

So far, geriatric ward functions only at Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad and second in at Bokaro sadar hospital which was inaugurated earlier this month.

“If all goes as per the plan of health department, geriatric ward would begin functioning at sadar hospitals of all 22 districts within 4 months before the assembly election,” said Dr Lalit Ranjan Pathak, state’s nodal officer of national programme.

Health secretary has also directed to set up separate OPDs for geriatric ward, patients and separate registration counter, along with railing ramp, would be made available. In a 10-bed geriatric ward, eight beds would be for general and two beds would be equipped with advance equipment of life support system for critical patients.

At present, due to the lack of geriatric ward at sadar hospitals, elderly patients across state have to rub the shoulders with general patients in getting registration and checking up at OPDs. However, elderly patients would now get separate registration counter and OPD in geriatric wards.

Health department has also started a process of setting up cardiac care unit (CCU) in Ranchi and Bokaro.

Central government has selected three districts of Jharkhand- Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro- for setting up the CCU under national programme for prevention of cancer, diabetes and stroke (NPCDCS).

Health department has already opened the unit in Patliputra medical college hospital. A senior official of the state headquarter, Dr Pradeep Kumar, on Friday visited PMCH to assess how the Cardiac care Unit (CCU) functions there so that the Ranchi and Bokaro Units could be run on the same pattern.

“Crisis of cardiologist is the main hurdle in setting up the CCU in Ranchi and Bokaro. Since PMCH had facility of specialist teachers (doctors), CCU could be set up easily. However, for time being health department has decided to run at Ranchi and Bokaro with general physicians latest by October,” said Dr Pathak, nodal officer, NPCDCS Jharkhand.

Jharkhand’s anti-pollution board offers 50% off on hospital registration fees

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In a bid to deal with biomedical waste hazard in Jharkhand, the state pollution board on Tuesday held a meeting with the government authorities as well as private health service providers in Ranchi.

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has come up with several offers to woo the hospitals, nursing homes and clinics to get their institutions registered with the board at the earliest.

The board has slashed fees for consent to establish (CTE), consent to operate (CTO) and authorisation by 50%, said JSPCB chairman AK Rastogi. “The offer is applicable for only two months. After August 31, the relaxation will be withdrawn,” he said.

For example, authorisation fee for the hospital having up to four beds is ?1,000 annually. If hospital takes authorisation by August 31, it will have to pay ?500.

Similarly, hospitals having bed capacity of more than 200 have to pay ?6,000 annually, while the actual fee is ?9,000 to ?11,000. JSPCB member secretary Rajiv Lochan Bakshi said that the board would prohibit the operation of individual or private incinerators and the wastes of hospitals in periphery of 70-km radius would be treated at a common bio-medication waste treatment facility (CBWTF).

Bakshi said that two CBWTFs, one at Ramgarh and another at Lohardaga, were functioning. The CBWTF of Saraikela-Kharswan would start functioning very soon, while three more CBWTs are proposed and will be coming up in Dhanbad (Sindri), Ramgarh and Santhal Paragana.

The hospitals have also been asked to establish sewage treatment plants and effluent treatment plants by December 2019.

The pollution board officials said if hospitals failed to get them registered with the board, they might have to face legal action. As per the provisions under Section 15 and Sub-section-1 and Sub-section-2b of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the defaulter could face five-year jail term or ?1 lakh fine.

Jharkhand’s most hospitals, nursing homes and clinics are not registered with the board so the latter doesn’t have actual figure of bio-medical waste generation. As per the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016, every health care centres, be it government or private, should be registered with the board.

Notably, the meeting was called a day after the report, highlighting the problems of bio-medical waste in Jharkhand, was published in HT on Monday.

As per a survey conducted by Delhi-based environmental group Toxics Link and Ranchibased NGO Lok Swar in 31 government and private hospitals of Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Deoghar, found that these hospitals produce around 4,700 tonnes of bio-medical waste annually but 59%, around 2,700 tonnes, are left untreated and turns out to be harmful.

Burdwan medical student suffers eye injury

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Three junior doctors and a fourth-year student of Burdwan Medical College and Hospital were injured on Wednesday when relatives of patients and outsiders lobbed bricks at them.

The attack occurred around 11.30am when junior doctors were demonstrating at the hospital’s emergency gate as part of a statewide ceasework at OPDs to protest the assault on two NRS doctors.

Mayank Agarwal, a fourth-year student, suffered serious injuries and had to be admitted to the hospital, according to hospital authorities.

A brick hit him in the left eye and he was kicked and punched in the face. The three junior doctors sustained minor injuries.

“Mayank has got three stitches in the eye. He has undergone a CT scan,” Amitabha Saha, deputy superintendent of the medical college and hospital said.

“Some internal injury in the eye has been detected. He is being treated in the eye department,” he said.

A large group of relatives of patients were stopped by the protesting doctors and forced to return.

“Initially, a scuffle broke out between the junior doctors and the relatives of patients. It soon snowballed into a clash,” a hospital official said.

The hospital authorities on Wednesday made frequent announcements over the public address system alerting patients that the OPD was shut because of a ceasework by junior doctors.

The 1,236-bed hospital sees patients from neighbouring Birbhum, East Burdwan, Bankura, parts of Hooghly and Jharkhand.

The OPD sees about 5,000 patients every day on average. At least 1,300 patients are admitted to various wards currently. Their treatment was not affected.

At least 1,380 junior doctors and medical students began a sit-in at various places on the complex, including at the emergency gate, since morning.

“We were on a peaceful dharna when some people started hurling bricks at us. They threatened to hurl acid bombs at us. We were feeling insecure,” Niladri Kayal, an agitating junior doctor, said.

Policemen present on the camp inside the hospital intervened and tried to disperse the mob but were outnumbered. Some media photographers were roughed up by the mob and some of the agitating junior doctors.

The junior doctors apparently chased the mob, lobbed bricks and thrashed them with bamboo sticks.

“We were attending an emergency meeting of the college council when we learnt that some outsiders had attacked the agitating students and junior doctors at the emergency,” said Saha.

Saha, along with medical superintendent and vice-principal Utpal Dawn, reached the spot and alerted the police. Dawn was caught between the warring groups of junior doctors and was apparently manhandled.

A large police contingent, led by additional superintendent of police Priyabrata Roy, reached the spot and chased the mob away.

The relatives of patients alleged that junior doctors had misbehaved with them and drove them out.

“I had a surgery last week. I came here today to have the stitches removed at the OPD. The junior doctors forced us to leave. They asked us why we came when they had announced a ceasework,” Suktor Sheikh, who came from Murshidabad, said.

The junior doctors, however, denied the charge. “Our agitation was peaceful and we did not harass anyone. The hospital authorities announced that the OPD is closed today (Wednesday),” said a junior doctor.

In West Midnapore, families of patients blocked the main road in front of Midnapore Medical College for an hour on Wednesday morning to protest the doctors’ ceasework.

In Nadia, OPD and emergency services were completely suspended at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital and Kalyani College of Medicine as well as at Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Kalyani as senior doctors supported the ceasework by junior doctors.

Surgeries were not carried out at the hospital.

Avijit Mujherjee , medical superintendent of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital and Kalyani College of Medicine, said: “Services were largely hampered at the hospital. But, the treatment of those admitted to the hospital was normal.”

In the evening, 400 students, interns and doctors walked in a silent procession in Kalyani town condemning the attack on their colleagues at NRS.

In Krishnagar, doctors stayed away from the OPDs at the district hospital and at Sadar hospital but attended emergency without disrupting services.

Doctors stayed away from the OPD of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital but provided services at the emergency department.