Doc­tors with­draw wards’ ser­vices to press de­mands

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA—Young Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (YDA) Balochis­tan chap­ter and All Pak­istan Paramedics Fed­er­a­tion (APPMA) Balochis­tan chap­ter have an­nounced to with­draw ser­vices at wards in state-run hos­pi­tals to press their de­mands.

Talk­ing to jour­nal­ists, here on Thurs­day at their protest­ing camp set up out­side Quetta Press Club, Pres­i­dent, YDA Balochis­tan, Dr. Hafizul­lah Man­dokhel, Pres­i­dent APPMA Balochis­tan, Fazl Rehman Kakar and other lead­ers said that they had with­drawn ser­vices at wards in state-run hos­pi­tals af­ter the author­i­ties failed to re­solve their is­sues.

“Our bod­ies de­cided to with­draw ser­vices at wards in govern­ment-run hos­pi­tals as the author­i­ties con­cerned have failed in ful­fill­ing our de­mands and re­solv­ing our is­sues,” they said. They, how­ever, said that young doc­tors and paramedics would con­tinue pro­vid­ing ser­vices to pa­tients at Ca­su­alty, Labour Room, Car­diac Care Unit (CCU) and Neona­tal In-ten­sive Care Unit (NICU).

“Keep­ing in view, the prob­lems of pa­tients, young doc­tors and paramedics will not with­draw their ser­vices at sec­tions deal­ing with emer­gency sit­u­a­tion in­clud­ing Ca­su­alty, Labour Room, CCU and NICU,” they said. They said that sep­a­rately, one ward had also been re­served for shift­ing of pa­tients from Ca­su­alty to ward if Ca­su­alty re-ceived bulk of pa­tients.

They, how­ever, said that the doc­tors and paramedics would not pro­vide their ser­vice at re­main­ing wards. They said that the state-run hos­pi­tals were de­prived of sev­eral nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing CT Scan, MRI, X-ray and oth­ers, al­leg­ing that there was no pro­vi­sion of medicines to hos­pi­tals for pa­tients.

They said that Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Theater at Civil Hospi­tal Quetta had only one ta­ble and in case of emer­gency, there was no avail­abil­ity of ta­ble for an­other pa­tient. “Civil Hospi­tal Quetta, Bolan Med­i­cal Com­plex Quetta and other state-run hos­pi­tals used to be visit by thou­sands of pa­tients from far flung ar­eas of Balochis­tan be­sides from Iran and Afghanistan but the nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties are miss­ing at these hos­pi­tals,” they claimed.

Gover­nor Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Za­far Jha­gra giv­ing de­gree to a stu­dent at 20th Con­vo­ca­tion of Ghu­lam Ishaq Khan In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing, Sci­ences and Tech­nol­ogy, Swabi on Thurs­day.

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