Subarnapur: Normal life was crippled in Binika town in Subarnapur district of Odisha on Tuesday following a 12-hour bandh call given by the locals demanding filling up of vacant doctor posts in different hospitals in the region.
Vehicular traffic on the roads came to a grinding halt in Binika area due to the dawn-to-dusk bandh, while educational institutions and business establishments remained closed today.
“ Like Binika CHC, Hospitals at Bankighrdi, Sankara and Mahapali have no doctors since long period of times for which health services in our area have been badly affected,” claimed a protestor saying patients in our region have no other way but to travel district headquarter or any other distance place for treatment.
“We will intensify the protest, if the State Government fails to fill up the physicians and other staff members in these hospitals at the earliest,” he added.
Binika Block Journalists’ association has been on dharana at the block headquarter since August 6 to press their demand of filling up of vacant doctor posts in these hospitals.
Members of bar association, Durga Puja Committee, student bodies and other organisations have also extended their support to the bandh call.
Notably, BJP and Congress had observed 12-hour bandh at Binika separately on August 11 and August 13 respectively in this connection.