The doctors’ strike protesting against the proposed amendment to medical bill has claimed 19 more on the 4th day taking the total number of deaths to 42. A boy succumbed to dengue, a youth died on the day of his wedding and 3 farmers lost their lives, reported Kannada Prabha.

According to the latest report two more deaths have been reported on the fifth day of the strike. A man Raviveerappa Bhajanthri died just five days after his wedding, as he was not treated for  fever (allegedly dengue). Then there was another girl pursuing BCom from Mangalore, who succumbed to kidney failure. 

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Those who died not getting timely treatment include Shivanna (80) of Chikkabelavangala, H D Manjunath, (55) a farmer from Haragara Halli, Hassan district, Karthik Rokhade (25) Sosayallapura, Dharawada district, Muttaiah Sangaiah Gadada (3) Kadivala village, Koppala district, suffering from dengue, Papam Niraganti Bharamappa Bangali Marada (35) of Bhagya Nagara, Channabasappa Palled (65) of Betageri, Gadag district, Nagaraj Sunagar (48), Gollarahalli, Bellary district.

Farmer Made Gowda (52) of Yalanduru village, Gangappa Shivalingappa Halli (67) of Devahipparagi, Vijayapura district, retired teacher Srinivasa Kundaragi (82) Athani, BElagavi, Basappa Balappa Murabatti (63) of Palabavi village, Rayabhaga taluk, Shanthavva Ravala (63) Rabakavi Banahatti, Bagalakote, Champa Vasappa Mugadura (35) Havri, Chandarshekhar (36) Mangaluru, Sangana Gowdara (72), Muddebihala, Vijayapura, Satish (52), Krishnappa (65) from Bengaluru died due to delay in getting medical treatment. Karthik of Dharawada was to be married soon but died of heart attack.

Manjunath a farmer from Sakaleshapura in Hasana district consumed poison died due to delay in reaching government hospital. Nagaraj Sunagar a farmer from Gollarahalli Bellary district suffered cardiac arrest at the farm and he was taken to the private hospital at Mariyammanahalli but the hospital refused to treat because the doctors were on strike. He died on the way to the government hospital at Hosapete.

Meanwhile, the public are expressing their anger over doctors’ strike. Several organisations, including Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, are urging the striking doctors to give up agitation and return to work.  They are demanding that doctors should hold talks with the government and find a solution and return to work.

Kasturi Karnataka Janapara Vedike members took out a procession holding flowers on their chest raising slogans like “kill us.”  At Chamarajanagara Karnataka Sena Pade activists resorted to ‘tamate chaluvali’ playing the Tamate. In Shimoga Nakarnataka Nirmana members went in aprocession and submitted a memorandum to the DC.

The Federation of Progressive groups protested against the striking doctors and supported the Health Minister. In Kolar Dalitha Samaja Sene also held a protest against the striking doctors and supporting the Health Minister.