Teachers’ strike hits medical services, classes

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SummaryThe statewide strike by medical teachers, demanding UGC pay scales, entered the fourth day on Sunday, badly affecting the health care services as well as exam preparation of post-graduate and under-graduate students.

The statewide strike by medical teachers, demanding UGC pay scales, entered the fourth day on Sunday, badly affecting the health care services as well as exam preparation of post-graduate and under-graduate students.

The agitation has taken its toll on the PG students, who will appear in their university exams, starting April 1.

A major blow is also suffered by the under-graduate students.

In B J Medical College, for PG students, lectures are taken on every alternate days, while they have been supported by their seniors if any complication arises.

But for UG students, their regular dose of lectures for Anatomy, Physiology, Bio-Chemistry, Forensic Medicine and Microbiology is on hold.

“What medical teachers are demanding is justified, but the strike is also spoiling their image. Every serious patient is transferred in the Civil Hospital. If a highly complicated case comes, we don’t know how to deal with it,” said a PG student from B J Medical College, who requested anonymity.

The UG students, who are in first or second year, have around two lectures everyday, while, for the students who are in third year have lectures after every alternate days.

“For first and second year UG students, the lectures are getting postponed. Resident doctors are there to guide us but the professors have vast knowledge. The demands put up by our teachers is definitely justified, but in absence of them our education is also hampering,” said Muzamil Hada, a final year UG student.

Out of total 2,700 medical teachers, around 255 medical teachers have gone on strike from the B J Medical College, paralysing the health care as well as medical education.

“Still we have got no response from the government. As far as education is concerned, resident doctors are there to help the students. For UG students, the focus is given on theoretical knowledge. But if the strike gets extended for more days then definitely everyone will suffer,” said Dr. J C Makwana, a committee member from the GMTA.

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