Balochis­tan doc­tors end strike

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

QUETTA—Young Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Balochis­tan and All Pak­istan Paramedics Fed­er­a­tion Balochis­tan have an­nounced end­ing their strike af­ter reach­ing a con­sen­sus with the provin­cial gov­ern­ment that their le­git­i­mate de­mands were ac­cepted.

Provin­cial Health Min­is­ter, Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch reached the protest­ing camp of doc­tors and paramedics set up out­side the Quetta Press Club and told them that the provin­cial gov­ern­ment had ac­cepted the le­git­i­mate de­mands of the doc­tors and paramedics. “Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan has is­sued a di­rec­tive to ful­fill all le­git­i­mate de­mands of the young doc­tors and paramedics,” he said.

He said that the in­cum­bent coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Balochis­tan had paid spe­cial heed to­wards health de­part­ment adding that re­mark­able im­prove­ments were made in this sec­tor to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties to doc­tors, paramedics and pa­tients. He said the gov­ern­ment wanted to see young doc­tors and paramedics to be present at their work­place to serve pa­tients. He as­sured them that their all le­git­i­mate de­mands would be ful­filled.

Re­spond­ing to him, Pres­i­dent, YDA Balochis­tan, Dr. Hafiz Man­dokhel and Pres­i­dent, APPF Balochis­tan, Fazl Kakar an­nounced end­ing their strike which was un­der­way for over two and half month. They said: “We an­nounce end­ing our strike and sit-in staged to pres­sur­ize our de­mands for pro­vi­sion of ser­vice struc­ture, spe­cial health al­lowance, risk al­lowance, nec­es­sary machin­ery and medicines at the hos­pi­tals,” they said.

They said that now young doc­tors and paramedics would pro­vide their ser­vices at out-pa­tient de­part­ment, emer­gency and wards. They said that af­ter the end­ing of strike and sitin, ab­sence of doc­tors and paramedics from work­place would not be sup­ported.

Mean­while, it is re­ported that on the in­struc­tions of Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan, a spe­cial com­mit­tee has been formed to make in­te­gra­tion be­tween law en­force­ment agen­cies and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies in the province. Of­fi­cials said that Home Min­is­ter, Mir Sar­faraz Bugti will head the com­mit­tee which in­cluded se­nior of­fi­cials of se­cu­rity forces and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies in Balochis­tan. The com­mit­tee is as­signed task to en­sure in­te­gra­tion be­tween law en­force­ment and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

It was de­cided at the gov­ern­ment level that all of­fi­cials of law en­force­ment and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies in­cluded in the com­mit­tee would work un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Home Min­is­ter. The Chief Min­is­ter said in his di­rec­tives that the com­mit­tee would mon­i­tor and su­per­vise the ef­forts and ac­tions to be taken to con­trol heinous crimes in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping for ran­som, tar­geted killings and ter­ror­ism.—APP

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