Army medics de­ployed in Balochis­tan hos­pi­tals

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As doc­tors con­tin­ued their strike across Balochis­tan on Tues­day, pro­vin­cial health depart­ment sought help from army, which as­sured de­ploy­ment of 40 medics in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

In the wake of pa­tients' plights, sources said, pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary health As­mat Ul­lah Kakar has writ­ten a let­ter to Pak­istan Army, and re­quested them to de­ploy army med­i­cal corps doc­tors in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

Protest­ing doc­tors on Mon­day an­nounced im­me­di­ate clo­sure of emer­gency ser­vice in pri­vate and gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals af­ter po­lice re­sorted to tear­gas shelling on a rally of Pak­istan Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (PMA) taken out against Dr. Saeed's ab­duc­tion.

Many of them were ar­rested as po­lice filed reg­is­tered case against them for en­ter­ing Red Zone. In re­ply to the gov­ern­ment let­ter, Pak­istan army has as­sured that army doc­tors and sur­geons would be im­me­di­ately de­ployed in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals across the prov­ince.

Ear­lier, Balochis­tan Chief Min­is­ter As­lam Raisani had or­dered to take stern ac­tion against the protest­ing doc­tors. He di­rected the chief sec­re­tary and health sec­re­tary to serve a notice of 24 hours to all the protest­ing doc­tors of the prov­ince af­ter which an ac­tion should be taken against them. He also said that army doc­tors should be called in if the doc­tors do not agree to re­sume their du­ties. Raisani fur­ther or­dered to im­me­di­ately ap­point new doc­tors on the va­cant seats through pub­lic ser­vice com­mis­sion. On the other hand, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has also or­dered to seal pri­vate clin­ics of strik­ing doc­tors.

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