Army medics deployed in Balochistan hospitals
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.