Medical services continued to be affected across Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday as the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered the third day amidst reports of at least 12 children dying due to negligence.
The medicos, protesting against the assault on them by a city legislator at Niloufer government children's hospital, staged protests at various cities and towns in the state.
Senior doctors at Niloufer, biggest state-run children's hospital in the state, too staged a token protest to express solidarity with the junior doctors.
The agitators have been demanding immediate arrest of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Afsar Khan under non-bailable charges and his suspension from the Assembly for attacking the doctors on duty on Sunday last.
According to reports, at least 12 children have died at Niloufer due to lack of medical attention during the last two days.
The Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy directed the hospital authorities to shift children to private hospitals to provide emergency treatment.
However, officials denied that the deaths were due to the strike.
Hyderabad district Collector R Chandravadan said the critical care services remained unaffected and the deaths were not a result of the agitation.
Meanwhile, the AP Government Doctors Association would meet at 2 pm on Tuesday to chalk out their course of action.
Though the government has decided to order CID probe into the attack by Khan and his followers, the protesters have refused to budge and decided to go ahead with their agitation till their demands were met.
Afsar Khan denied all the allegations and said it was the doctors who provoked him.