MODI’S SLOGAN FAIL “EQUAL WORK EQUAL PAY”
Report; Debaranjan Samal,Sub Editor
NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION NURSES STRIKE ON 10TH DAY IN ODISHA
ANGUL,26/12/17: Healthcare facilities in government hospitals across the state got Seriously affected as around 2200 staff nurses working under National Health Mission (NHM) went on an indefinite strike last 10days, demanding regularization of their jobs. The nurses, most of who are deployed in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Sick and Newborn Care Units (SNCU), alleged that the state government ditched them several times by giving false assurances.
"The government has been playing with us for last several years and giving false assurances. This time we are not going to call off our strike till our demands are fulfilled," said Rajalaxmi Parida, a NHM staff nurse.
She said, a meeting with the government last Monday remained inconclusive as it demanded another six months to fulfill their demands. "We are not going to wait for one more day even," she added.
The association said all nurses would wear black badges from December 28 to January 2 and would take to the streets if their demands are not fulfilled even after that.
While president and secretary of the Nursing Employees Association backed away from the strike, other members of the body have continued the stir at the Lower PMG Temporally merge with “KRANTI ODISHA” despite the NHM MD warning to take action against the agitators as per contract if they do not join duty in 24 hours.
“Our agitation has entered its Tenth day however the Central government and State government has turned a blind eye. We will not return home and do whatever it takes,” said an agitating nurse.
The nurses alleged that despite being engaged in all emergency and critical care services like ICUs, SNCUs, casualty wards and operation theatres apart from part of all welfare programmes government did not pay heed to their demands.
"Though we have same qualification and training as regular staff nurses and have been doing similar work but our salary is much less than their counterparts in regular job. Besides, we are not getting any other service benefits unlike them," said a Staff nurse.
NHM staff nurses get remuneration of Rs 10,700 a month while regular government staff nurses get between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 including dearness, house rent and uniform allowances depending on their seniority. The agitating nurses recruited under NRHM are demanding regularization of their jobs, up gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts in the private sector and filling up of the vacant nurse’s posts.
There are instances of regularizing contractual employees engaged in special projects in different departments but state government has been ignoring their demands, alleged the staff nurses.
OHRC sought Report from Collector & CDMO Koraput in the matter of a pregnant woman deliver a baby near a drain
Bhubaneswar/Koraput,29/12/17:Acting on the complaint made by rights activist Mr.Ranjit Sutar of Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR), the Odisha Human Rights Commission(OHRC) has directed to The Collector & District Magistrate , Koraput and the Chief District Medical Officer(CDMO), Koraput to inquire into the matter and submit their respective reports to the commission in four week.
The petitioner alleged that due to the negligence of the staff of the District Head quarter Hospital, Koraput , this type of accident is being happened. One Dimai Muduli of Janiguda under Mastipur Panchayat of Koraput had accompanied her husband Raghu Muduli due to his illness and after treatment of her husband , Dimai Complained of her labour pain and told tothe same to a nearby staff nurse who asked her to produce the Mamata Yojana beneficiary card and prescription, which she did not bring with her. Subsequently , the said staff of the hospital told her to bring the documents for check up . Thereafter Dimai went towards a toilet but sat near a drain due to acute labour pain and delivered a baby girl there. The poor health care service in the state for which a rustic expectant mother fell prey to it and violation of her human right to live .
The petitioner has prayed for action against erring officials. The next hearing of the case is fixed on 31st January 2018
SCB chlorine gas Mishap : Collector submits final to Govt
Cuttack,05/12/17:Cuttack district Collector Sushant Mohapatra submitted the final report prepared by the six-member team formed to probe the chlorine gas leakage on SCB Medical College and Hospital premises which had left 46 persons sick on November 29, to the State Government today.
The six-member team had submitted its final report to the Collector on Monday.
The team was headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Raghuram Iyer while Superintendent of SCB, assistant fire officer (Cuttack), assistant director of Directorate of Factories and Boilers, regional officer of State Pollution Control Board and superintending engineer of public health engineering organization (PHEO) were other members of the committee.
The probe team was directed to conduct a thorough probe to find out as under what circumstances and how the chlorine gas leakage occurred.
The committee also visited the spot, the pump house from where the gas leakage occurred and held discussion with the concerned officials before submitting its report to the Collector.
At least 46 persons, including firemen, who were engaged in controlling the gas leakage, medical students and relatives of few patients had fallen sick after inhaling chlorine gas. Even some cattle nearby also suffered due to the leakage.
ANOTHER CONJOINED TWINS TAKE BIRTH IN ODISHA
Nayagarh,02/12/17:After successful completion of the cranial separation surgery of Kandhamal’s conjoined twins Jaga and Kalia, who are still making headlines and are undergoing treatment at AIIMS Hospital in New Delhi, yet another instance of a mother giving birth to conjoined twins is doing rounds in Odisha’s Nayagarh district on Friday.
Reportedly, conjoined twin girls were born to Kishor Kumar Dutta and Sumitra Dutta of Pancharidamanapur in Nayagarh district. The female babies are joined to their stomach and chest who took birth last night in a private hospital in the district.
The duo was shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital and kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and later on they were further shifted to Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack as their health condition was not good. The mother and twins are said to be critical.
Meanwhile, Kishore Kumar Dutta has urged the state government to support him financially for the treatment of his conjoined kids and wife.
Hearing this,Minister Health, Pratap Jena has already announced to extend all support from Odisha Government.
AIIMS , KALIA TAKEN OFF VENTILATOR
Bhubaneswar,25/11/17: Here comes good news for the people of Odisha. Kalia, one of the separated conjoined twins has been taken off from ventilator support today and is kept in the hospital ICU of AIIMS New Delhi.
Reportedly, Kalia’s health condition has improved significantly after the cranial separation surgery. However, he is still under observation and is surviving upon nasal feeding.
A week earlier, doctors had stated that Kalia was suffering from epileptic fits and was being administered dosages for it, therefore he was remaining drowsy and sleepy all the time, following which his health condition didn’t improve as expected.
Jaga’s health had made a quick improvement than of Kalia and he has started playing and taking usual diets since last nine days.
Doctors at the AIIMS have been closely monitoring each development in both the twins following their two-stage separation surgery earlier last month.
Tata Steel organizes Eye Cure Camp
Purushottampur,21/11/17:Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) Gopalpur, organized an eye cure camp at Baghala village of Purushottampur block in collaboration with Sankara Eye Hospital, Samarjhola on 21st November. Smt. Jayanti Nayaka, Sarapanch Baghala panchayat, and Smt. Gita Kumari Bastiya, Samiti Sabhya Baghala, inaugurated the eye cure camp.
Dr Asutosh Kumar, Eye Specialist, Sankara Eye Hospital and Mr Ritu Gauda, Optometry Technician examined the patients who attended the camp. Total 118 patients from Baghala, Kusapura, Gopinathpur, Sunathara, Sasanapalli, Damadorapur, Nuapalli, Jagannathpur and Padmabati villages of Purushottampur block attended the eye camp and availed the services provided. Twenty five patients were selected for Cataract Surgery and sent to Sankara Eye Hospital, Samarjhola of Ganjam. All the expenses of the cataract surgery and medicinal charges were provided by TSRDS, Gopalpur. Eye glasses were given to 10 eye patients and some medicines were given to 58 eye patients, free of cost.
Mr Nalini Kanta Mohanty, N Bhagyalaxmi of Sankara Eye Hospital participated in this camp for the eye check-up of the patients. Mr. Rockey Martin, Unit Head, TSRDS, Gopalpur along with all his staff had conducted the camp.
Odisha Govt Warns Strict Action Against Absentee Doctors
Bhubaneswar,19/11/17:Odisha government has issued an official notification directing 108 doctors, who are on unauthorised leave from their place of duty, to submit replies within one month or face legal action.
The State government has so far issued notices to the said 108 doctors several times directing them to join duty at their respective appointed places but they never responded and are yet to join duty even though their appointments were made 3-5 years ago, said Health Minister Pratap Jena.
“We issued notices to these doctors but they remained incommunicado; rather they are vehemently flouting the orders. So, this is the final notice. If they fail to submit replies within the prescribed time, strict legal action will be taken against them,” said the minister.
Besides, the doctors have been sent e-mails and asked to submit replies to the same e-mail address.
The decision of the government came against the backdrop of allegations of doctors remaining absent from the place of duty and indulging in private practice.
Meanwhile, it is alleged that the doctors posted in the peripheral health centres, especially in remote tribal areas, are remaining absent as they don’t want to serve in such locations.
Conjoined twins: Jaga smile with his Mother
Bhubaneswar,07/11/17:New Delhi: While Jaga is happy on his mother’s lap and responding to music, Kalia’s condition is still unpredictable, AIIMS, New Delhi officials informed in a press release today.
Jaga has started taking diet orally and showing signs of improvement, however, Kalia’s condition is unpredictable, as per the release.
“Kalia is still in Neuro ICU. He has shown some improvement in movement of limbs but he will stay in ICU as his condition is unpredictable,” the release added.
Earlier, some plastic surgery was conducted on Kalia by a surgeon from Coimbatore.
On November 3, Jaga was moved out of the ICU to the general ward and he has started consuming semi-liquid food like banana juice and rice pudding.