Berhampur, Nov 26 (LocalWire) Employees of all 55 blood banks across Odisha, including blood bank at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here, went on an indefinite strike on Monday.
As many as 182 employees, including technicians, launched the agitation with a demand to regularize their jobs.
“Last month, we gave a 30-day ultimatum to the government to realize our demand. But they turned a deaf ear,” said Odisha Blood Bank Employees’ Association secretary Jeebananand Patnaik.
Other demands of the association included extending facilities like employees’ provident funds, providing government quarters and retirement benefits like pension to the blood bank employees.
“We are working in the blood bank since over two decades. But our jobs are yet to be regularized, though government assured us time and again to make us permanent government employees,” he said. ‘Now, we have decided to go on strike for an indefinite period till our demands are met.”
The strike have led to intensifying crisis for patients suffering from thalesemia,
sickle cell and hemophilia, who need regular blood transfusion.
In Berhampur, around 1400 such patients take blood from Odisha Blood Bank regularly, sources said.
Medical authorities, however, said they have deputed at least six technicians from college and hospital to the blood banks.
“We have also asked the chief district medical officer (CDMO) to depute some more technicians to run the blood bank,” said medical college principal and in-charge superintendent Radha Madhab Tripathy.