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Nov 09, 2011 at 04:29pm IST

Gorakhpur medical college doctors on strike

Gorakhpur: Doctors at the BRD Medical College in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur where encephalitis patients are being treated have gone on a strike. One hundred and fifty resident doctors went on strike after a patient's family reportedly roughed up one of the doctors.

The doctors are demanding better security for themselves.

The strike comes at a time when Gorakhpur is reeling from an outbreak of encephalitis.

At least 500 children have died of encephalitis at BRD Medical College alone in the last two months.

Under fire for first ignoring the medical emergency, the Central Government has recently set up a Group of Ministers headed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to come up with steps to deal with the crisis.