The indefinite cease-work called by Orissa Medical Service Association (OMSA) appeared to have evoked lukewarm response on Sunday with the authorities claiming near normal attendance of doctors and smooth functioning in various hospitals.
"Around 70 doctors have reported for duty today. Except 3-4 doctors, almost all of them are working," Gangadhar Rath, Chief Medical Officer of the Capital Hospital, said adding that the strike called by OMSA had absolutely no impact on the functioning of the hospital.
However, he said a close watch was being maintained on the situation and adequate measures have been taken to deal with any eventuality.
Health services at government hospitals in most parts of the state were also reported to be normal with most doctors reporting for work, sources said.
All 27 doctors at Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) joined duty and its functioning was not affected due to the strike call, CMO of RGH Rajendra Patnaik said.
Similarly, there was little impact in other hospitals in Sundargarh including the district headquarter hospital with emergency and casualty functioning normally.
Though some doctors stayed away from duty, work remained unaffected, Chief District Medical Officer of Sundargarh, Bikram Kindo said.
OMSA members began their cease work demanding improved promotion avenues under Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP).