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RIMS strike enters fourth day

Ranchi, Dec. 30: The number of indoor patients reduced to 447 from yesterday's figure of 552 as the strike of junior doctors at Rajendra Institute Medical Sciences (RIMS) entered into the fourth day today.

After a rough survey conducted by the institute, that is proposed to be developed as a super speciality centre of the state, it was found there were no doctors in most wards and patients were dependant on a few nurses.

Patients tried to keep themselves occupied. Two children were seen running behind mice in Umesh Prasad unit where 27 patients were undergoing treatment. Only one nurse was attending to the poor patients.

Similar was the condition in the unit under doctors J.K. Singh, J.K. Jain, R.G. Baxla, N.K. Jha, Vikash, J. Prasad where the number of indoor patients admitted were seven, four, 22, seven, 10 and eight, respectively.

On visiting the surgical operation theatre, it was found that no operation was carried out there today while five minor operations took place in the casualty operation theatre and three in the major operation theatre.

In the eye department, no indoor patient was seen while at 14 were attended to in the skin department. There were four patients in the unit of doctor A.K. Mahto, while five visited R.K. Jha's unit.

The paediatrics department had two lady doctors from the Kanke primary health centre, there were nine patients at neo-natal ward and six admitted in the labour room.

RIMS wore a deserted look but among the people who could be spotted were Jharkhand Armed Police jawans, private security guards and a few attendants.

Sources said emergency and outdoor services also remained affected due to the strike. "Only 250 patients turned up at the outdoor ward while emergency cases registered were 28," a doctor said, requesting anonymity.

A nurse said five people died in the past 24 hours due to lack of proper medical care. The list of deceased included Chandni Kumari (15), Suraj Munda (21), Saraswati Kumari (21 days), Jainath Karmali (35) and Sandeep Kumar (8).

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad claimed that medical services at the institute are improving.

"A team of 37 doctors, including 13 from health directorate, have arrived at the institute to extend their services. More than 400 patients were treated at the out patient department while 13 new patients were admitted at the institute. Seven major operations were carried out today while 17 minor operations were carried out. Only three deaths have been reported," Prasad claimed. Source:telegraphindia

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