The district administration has cancelled leaves of doctors and support staff of the state-run civil hospital in Gurgaon in order to be prepared for any emergency during the ongoing Jat agitation.
In a notice issued to the hospital staff on Saturday, the district administration directed doctors to be on duty and to reschedule their leaves. All doctors have been instructed to work on Sunday as well.
The direction was sent through an email after no respite was seen in the statewide protests, which entered the ninth day. The stir has intensified in the city since Thursday.
“We have sent a notice to the staff at the civil hospital asking them to reschedule their holidays and resume work. Seeing the situation in the city, the administration wants to be prepared for any situation that may arise,” Dr Ramesh Dhankhar, chief medical officer, Gurgaon, said.
The civil hospital has also asked private hospitals to extend their support. The hospital has requested around 150 private hospitals to lend ambulances if required. The civil hospital has 16 ambulances.
“The civil hospital has asked the private hospitals with which it has a tie-up to provide ambulances. We do not want any ambiguity and officials are prepared for any emergency,” Dhankhar said.
Residents said that due the demonstrations and snarls, going to a hospital or even buying medicines has become difficult.
“I was taking my mother to a nearby hospital as she had a severe headache. It took me around two hours to reach the hospital as there was congestion and mobs protesting on all stretches,” a resident of Sector 14 said.