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Jamshedpur, Jan. 15: The non-gazetted employees of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital today ousted the doctors from their chambers in the out patient department (OPD) repeatedly, as their strike entered its third day today.

The doctors were forced to check patients on the open field, resulting in inconvenience for both the parties.

The hospital superintendent, A.N. Mishra, intervened once and brought back doctors to their respective chambers, standing guard outside the OPD.

But the relief was short-lived.

As soon as he moved away, the protesters once again stormed the OPD and forcibly ousted the doctors from their chambers.

This time, the superintendent appeared with folded hands and requested the protesters not create panic among doctors and patients.

But the agitators paid no heed and kept shouting slogans. After ousting the doctors for the second time, they locked the OPD entrance.

Medical services were affected in the eye, ENT, surgery, medicine, orthopedics, skin and dressing room departments as a result.

Amid the growing foul stench that now fills the hospital rooms due to the lack of proper cleaning, indoor patients also languished.

The number of indoor patients dropped to 147, from the 340 found here on Tuesday, as patients started moving out.

Some, however, had no such luck.

"I have had a caesarean section. How can I shift? Unless my wounds heal to some extent, I cannot move," said Bhuiyandih resident Nisha Devi, recuperating in the maternity ward.

She said that she could bear the smell, but worried about her baby which may fall victim to the unhygienic conditions in the hospital.

The hospital superintendent admitted that services in the hospital had been affected. He, however, claimed that paramedical trainees were extending their help to run the hospital in the absence of staff.

"On Wednesday, I had brought in 47 paramedical trainees to keep the hospital functional. Today, I have brought in 50 paramedical trainees, bringing the number up to 97," he said.

He said that the agitating staff members were trying to create panic while intensifying the strike. As a result, the turnout of patients has drastically come down.

About 400 staff members of Grade III & IV have been on strike since Tuesday in response to a call given by the Jharkhand Non-gazetted Employees' Federation. Source:telegraphindia

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