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City hospitals bandh today

HEALTH SERVICES in the City are likely to come to a grinding halt, as private clinics/hospitals would remain closed for a day in support of a day-long strike called by Indian Medical Association (IMA) tomorrow.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 11:10 IST

HEALTH SERVICES in the City are likely to come to a grinding halt, as private clinics/hospitals would remain closed for a day in support of a day-long strike called by Indian Medical Association (IMA) tomorrow.

Medical stores would also remain closed for half a day till noon, completing the gag effect on health services. A ‘maha rally’ attended by anti-reservation students would be taken out at 4 pm from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MY Hospital) to Rajwada tomorrow. A symposium on ‘reservation in light of present context’ was held from 6 pm at MYH auditorium today.

Addressing a press conference at Indore Press Club today, IMA City chapter president Dr Arun Agrawal said that the pre-announced strike had been necessitated by the adamant attitude of the government. From morning onwards all doctors associated with IMA would show their support to the anti-quota stir by keeping off work. Government doctors have also been appealed to take leave on the day.

State Medical Teachers Association (MGM and MY branch) in its general meeting held today decried the police excess on protesting students. It also supported the strike and assured participation in the ‘maha rally’ while keeping emergency services at MYH active.

Agarwal said all nursing homes, clinics, Out Patient Department (OPD), and hospitals, including 250 nursing homes, would remain closed for the day.

Everyday 10-15 heart surgeries, 500 major and 200 minor surgeries are performed in the City, all of which would remain suspended during the course of the strike. About 25,000 patients would suffer as a result of a total collapse of medical services.


The strike has been called by the national IMA and would materialise in 11 north Indian states where May 25 would be marked as a day of protest.

A ‘maha rally’ would be taken out from 4 pm. The rally would start from MYH and would pass through RNT Marg, Regal Square, Shastri Bridge, MTH Compound, River Side Road, and Krishnapura Bridge and culminate at Rajwada, where a public meeting would be held at the Janata Chowk. Malwa Chambers of Commerce, Brahmin Samaj, Vaishya/Agarawal/Maheshwari Samaj, Rajput

Samaj, Nursing Home Association, Junior Doctors Association, Chemist Association, High Court Bar Association, Indore Management Association, Structural Engineers Association, Architects Association Tax Practitioners Association, Vaastu/Vedic Association and students from various private/government colleges, including those from engineering like GSITS and dental like Modern Dental College, would participate in the ‘maha rally’.

Declaration of right to dissent was made from the dais by the speakers addressing the symposium held today. Eminent persons from different walks of life including former president of IMA Dr Nari Masand, Pithampur Audyogik Sangh president Dr Gautam Kothari, Justice (retd) V D Gyani, Shymasunder Palod, Jaideep Karnik, MYH HoD Orthopaedic Dr Pradeep Bhargava, Dr Manorama Menon, Agrawal Samaj representative Rajesh Garg, Akhil Bharatiya Swadeshi Sangh convenor Rajesh Porwal, Maheshwari Samaj spokesman Ishwar Baheti and others spoke at the symposium.

MGM students, JDA members and professors from MYH attended the symposium, the success of which could be gauged from the audience spilling out from the hall packed to capacity.

The speakers appealed to the public to bear with the inconvenience caused by the strike for a day and make the ‘maha rally’ a success.