Two health activists staged a 12-hour hunger strike in Jaffna on Thursday to protest alleged corruption and fraud in the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and the recent attack on a medical specialist.

They called on the government to expedite inquiries into these allegations and the attack.

The activists V. Kanthevel who leads the Jaffna regional group of the People’s Movement for the Rights of Patients (PMRP) and M. Chandrapalan, inquirer into sudden deaths, staged the strike outside the hospital director’s room. The activists were supported by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) which had also planned to stage a token strike on Friday in support of the same demands. But a court issued a stay order preventing the token strike.

Mr. Kanthevel said they were given an assurance that the Health Ministry would take urgent and effective action on these issues.

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