Gangtok, 23 Jan:
Members of Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum, reached the capital this evening today, completing their “Gangtok Chalo” march of 110 KMs from Gyalshing in West Sikkim, a trek which took them four days to complete.
SPYF is demanding improved facilities at the District Hospital at Gyalshing and not satisfied with assurances and developments since their started their movement, decided to march to Gangtok and register their protest in the capital.
The protestors are insistent that the hospital does not meet the minimum criteria required for a district hospital as per Indian Public Health Standards norms outlined under the National Health Mission by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare which the State authorities are required to deliver.
Following their initial protests, Health Department had assured to meet the required standards, and officials had recently detailed improvements in infrastructure and manpower deployment made since then.
SPYF, however, remains unconvinced and today demanded that facilities at the Gyalshing District Hospital be upgraded to the level promised by the Health Minister and Health Secretary at their last meeting.
Prakash Parajuly, one of the protesters, stated that SPYF will continue the protest until all the demands are met.
Till the time of filing this report, the protestors were sitting in dharna at Titanic Park here, refusing to budge until their demands were met.
According to the police, the protestors were required to disperse upon completion of their rally at Titanic Park. The protestors were clearly in no mood to do so today even after concerned officials called on them, in all probability with more assurances.
Pritam Chettri, another protestor, stated that the recent press conference by the Health Secretary claiming improved services at the district hospital was untrue and a string of fabrications because the “facilities at Gyalshing hospital remain in shambles”.