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Strike cripples healthcare in Jharkhand

Jamshedpur, Aug. 20: Wracked by labour pain, Saira Parveen (23) of Azadnagar was brought in and out of MGM Medical College and Hospital on stretcher this morning, but doctors pleaded helplessness in operating on her in the absence of experienced nurses.

Her contract labourer husband had no option but to take her to an expensive private nursing home for a C-section, thanks to the striking nurses.

The strike entered its third day today throwing the healthcare services out of gear. In the absence of trained nurses, the onus has fallen paramedics and trainee nurses.

Patients are somehow being managed by the 100-odd paramedics and trainee nurses.

S.S. Prasad, superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital, said: "I am trying my best to provide necessary services to the patients in the wards as well as in the OPD. I was expecting the strike to be called off today, but unfortunately the talks between the nurses and the health department authorities did not yield positive results."

He admitted that patients were the worst sufferers, but pleaded helplessness.

"Nothing is in our hands. All we can do is request the striking nurses to return to work," he added.

Meanwhile, a delegation of striking nurses which went to the capital to review the situation, said the strike was a complete success at RIMS, Ranchi. source:telegraphindia.com

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