ROURKELA: Normalcy was restored at Government-run Utkalmani Homeopathy Medical College and Hospital (UHMCH) here with the students calling off the three-day strike on Wednesday.
Principal in-charge of UHMCH Dr GR Giri said, Chief Medical Officer from the Directorate of AYUSH Dr PK Mohapatra successfully held discussion with the agitating students and assured to look into their demands.
All 106 medical students were on strike from Monday protesting the poor state of affairs in the institution.
Students said they were promised that UHMCH’s regular Principal Dr SK Rout would be immediately transferred while the Directorate of AYUSH would consider the demand to transfer doctors Dr PK Patnaik and Dr AK Nayak.
The students threatened to resume the stir if the authorities fail to fulfil a majority of their demands within 15 days.
Meanwhile, 47 internee doctors of UHMCH met Mohapatra and apprised him of the difficulties faced by them.
The agitators locked the administrative block and staged a dharna in front of main entrance. Their demands include immediate recruitment of qualified faculty members, regular holding of clinical classes, adequate equipment and facilities in laboratories and adequate remedial measures for effective management of UHMCH. Students claimed that they have paid caution money, but are deprived of medical practice at Rourkela Government Hospital. Though money is charged for equipment they are not given any during practicals.