On Friday, residents of adjoining villages brought a giant portrait of the "dead" hospital. They garlanded it before sitting down in front of the health care facility, where they performed the mock death rituals. Through the demonstration, the protesters tried to bring to the notice of the authorities the "mismanagement" prevailing at the hospital and the lack of basic facilities there, some of the participants said.
Later, a delegation of protesters met the hospital's superintendent, Dr. Rajesh More, and held talks with him, who assured him that the services would be improved. Dr. More also said that a 24x7 helpline would be made operational at the hospital with immediate effect, and sufficient staff would be appointed to enhance its functioning.