KOLHAPUR: Medical services in government hospitals in the district remained paralyzed for the third day on Thursday, following the indefinite strike called by medical officers, as the state government roped in contractual doctors to overcome the crisis.
As many as 325 medical officers from primary health centres and rural, sub-district hospitals from Kolhapur are on indefinite strike from July 1. The strike has been called by the Maharashtra Association for Gazetted Medial Officers (MAGMO). There are 73 primary health centres (PHC), 19 rural hospitals and one sub-district hospital in Kolhapur district.
The district health administration is managing services at the government hospitals with the help of private doctors associated with social organizations, but major operations and deliveries have been stopped.
“We are handling the government hospitals in the district with the help of around 100 doctors associated with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) and from Aayush (organization of ayurveda and homeopathic practitioners association). These practitioners are providing emergency medical assistance in the rural areas,” said Kolhapur civil surgeon R C Chougule.
Medical officers staged a sit-in at the premises of the Chhatrapati Pramila Raje (CPR) civil hospital on Thursday. “We will call back the strike only after the state government accepts our demands. We had called a strike in the first week of June, but chief minister Prithviraj Chavan assured us that he will look into the matter and we called it off. But the government has not taken any steps to fulfill our demands,” said Asif Saudagar, president of the Kolhapur chapter of MAGMO.