Water scarcity in MMC forces doc­tors to protest

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WATER scarcity in the city has hit doc­tors — the keep­ers of health and hy­giene. The Madras Med­i­cal Col­lege in the Ra­jiv Gandhi Gov­ern­ment Gen­eral Hospi­tal saw an un­usual scene of doc­tors protest­ing for water early on Satur­day morn­ing. “Imag­ine a sit­u­a­tion where doc­tors who are at­tend­ing to pa­tients have not had a bath. Sadly, we were buy­ing min­eral water bot­tles to brush and wash be­fore leav­ing for work,” said Dr Prasad, a post­grad­u­ate stu­dent stay­ing at one of the hos­tels.

Hos­tel-bound doc­tors pur­su­ing their post­grad­u­ate cour­ses have been chal­lenged with water scarcity on cam­pus for more than three months. “Ear­lier, we used to get water for about two hours a day, but for past three days, we didn’t get even a sin­gle drop,” Dr Salim, an MD stu­dent and prac­ti­tioner, said, adding that the sit­u­a­tion pushed them into protest­ing.

“There are five hos­tels, and for the last two days, we had water com­ing from just the one near the old Cen­tral Jail,” said Dr Vishnu, adding that the water smelled so bad that they could not use it for brush­ing. Water scarcity is an ad­di­tion to the list of other prob­lems such as poor main­te­nance of hos­tels and bro­ken in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to the pro­test­ers. The protest came to an end after four hours, when the man­age­ment promised water sup­ply within 24 hours. It also promised that a borewell would be set up within 15 days.

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