Two pregnant women have died in Assam’s Jorhat Medical College and Hospital Credit: File image

Guwahati: Two women in Assam’s Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) have reportedly died since Wednesday as the ongoing indefinite strike called by nurses entered the sixth day on Friday.

The authorities at the hospital, however, denied any connection of the deaths with the ongoing nurses’ strike.

As per JMCH public relations officer Nilotpal Bhattacharya, the women were admitted to the hospital in a critical condition and died due to internal haemorrhage as their babies had died inside the uterus.

“The patients were brought to the hospital from Amguri and Majuli, respectively, in a critical condition. They did not die due to negligence or shortage of staff on account of the strike,” Bhattacharya was quoted as saying by media reports.

In Assam, thousands of nurses have been protesting across the state for the past six days demanding a ‘same post same salary’ system, restoration of the post of ‘staff nurse’, and solution to payment anomalies, among others.

More than 100 nurses have been arrested during the indefinite strike called by the All Assam Nurses’ Association (AANA) across the state.

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