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Talkathon on doctors’ strike continues

Plight of hapless patients extend for another day as government doctors spent Tuesday in talks. Three ministers of the government and several rounds of talks could not convince the agitating doctors till late evening. The talks are scheduled to be resumed at Zanana Hospital at 11am on Wednesday.Meanwhile earlier the government declared a deadline for doctors to join duty by Tuesday midnight though showed signs of avoiding arrest for some more time as talks apparently were heading towards consensus. However, the issue of withdrawal of transfer orders of doctor leaders remains an issue of contention. “I request all doctors to finish the strike and resume their duties as soon as possible. This is to ensure that patients are not affected by the issue. I also urge them to leave the decision on chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and I request the government to give back the assignments and duties to the doctors,” Kilak told media.Even as some doctors evading the association call responded on duty during the day, many continued with the strike. Earlier in the day, the first meeting took place early in the morning at PWD minister, Yunus Khan’s residence. This was followed by a second round of meeting which involved BJP state president Ashok Parnami, Rajasthan health minister Kali Charan Saraf, in addition to Khan.The third round took place late in the evening at state minister Ajay Kilak’s residence. This meeting was attended by Medical state minister, Banshidhar Bajiya, Saraf, Khan, and Dr Lakshman Ola, vice-president, All Rajasthan in Service Doctor Association. The final meeting happened at Parnami’s residence.Ola confirmed resuming of services on Wednesday, if the government promises no arrests. Parnami also agreed for reconciliation and assured complete cooperation towards the doctors.Notably, Rajasthan high court, on Monday, had given orders which allowed the state government to take decisions as it deems fit, in case the doctors do not show up for duties in next 24hrs.According to officials from the health department, there are about 7,000 doctors providing services in the state. Out of these, about 2,000 were already on duties, irrespective of strike, and abut 1,500 are expected to join by Wednesday morning.

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Helipad but no swine flu test facility at Jhalawar Hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jhalawar Medical College, that is planning to have helipad facility still does not have medical test facility for swine flu. The machine for swine flu test is available in the medical college, but it has not been installed. Strikingly, swine flu has so far claimed two lives with 12 patients detected positive with the H1N1 virus in Jhalawar district since January this year. Currently, the suspected patients for swine flu have to wait for around two to three days for the report as the samples are sent to 81 kilometres away in Central Lab of MBS hospital in Kota.‘The machine for swine flu test is available in the medical college, but it has not been installed and the samples of the suspected patients have to be sent to Kota for the test, said Dr Yogendra Tiwari, nodal officer, Swine Flu, Jhalawar Medical College. The process for the installation of the swine flu test machine is underway and after a week of its validation following the installation, the swine flu test facility would also be available in Jhalawar, he added.Two days training to the medical staff regarding use of the swine flu test machine is scheduled on September 4 and 5, while test on the machine is likely to be started during this month.On an average, at least 25 to 30 samples for swine flu are being received daily from all the four districts and private hospitals of Kota zone, informed Dr Naveen Saxena, in charge, Central Lab at New Medical College in Kota. Two rounds of the test, each with a lot of 12 samples are carried out daily as the testing machine heats up after more than two rounds of the test. “The samples for swine flu test of the patients admitted to the hospital and of the pregnant women are carried out with priority and concluded on the same day of collection of samples,” he added.Amid the rising number of swine flu samples from across the zone, the proposal to outsource the swine flu test is also under consideration, Dr Saxena added. On asking about state health minister Kali Charan Saraf’s directions to make the swine flu test report available within 7 hours, Dr Naveen Saxena said it is possible only through outsourcing. Notably, swine flu test facility is also not available in Bundi and Baran districts of the zone and sample of the tests from these two districts are also sent to Central Lab, Kota. Moreover, at least eleven patients including four females were on Friday tested positive with swine flu taking the total number of swine flu patients in Kota zone to 149 with eleven deaths.

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