Doctors withdraw wards’ services to press demands
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 Hafizullah Mandokhel, President APPMA Balochistan, Fazl Rehman Kakar and other leaders said that they had withdrawn services at wards in state-run hospitals after the authorities failed to resolve their issues.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.
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