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India Healthcare Workers Strike Alert

Updated on 7 August 2019

The Situation:

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called a strike at healthcare facilities across the

country on Thursday, August 8, to denounce certain provisions within the 2019 National

Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. Associated demonstrations are expected across the

country and disruptions to healthcare services should be expected during the strike.

Possible Effects:

  • Disruptions to healthcare services

  • Protests (especially around health centers, hospitals and government offices)

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. For emergencies, dial 112

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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