MLOs resume duties in hospitals

KARACHI: The medico-legal officers (MLOs) of three major public hospitals on Friday resumed their duties after assurance from Health Secretary Sindh for provision of adequate security in healthcares.

The MLOs of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and Abbasi Shaheed (ASH) had boycotted their duties in hospitals after the murder Dr Manzoor Memon and failure of law enforcers in protecting medical fraternity.

Memon was shot dead along with his driver in Delhi Colony on 13 May evening. After the murder, the colleagues of victim Memon went on boycott till acceptance of their demands, which ended on Friday.

Over dozens of post-mortem examinations were delayed and postponed in all major hospitals of Karachi due the boycott of MLOs.

Senior MLO Dr Nisar Ali Shah, while talking to PPI said Health Secretary Sindh had contacted with protesting MLOs on telephone and assured of meeting their genuine demands. Later, the MLOs resumed their duties in hospitals.

He said, “We have presented our four demands to Health Secretary including early arrest of murderers, Rs 10 million compensation to victim family, bearing the education expenditure of Dr Manzoor Memon’s son, and better arrangement for security for serving MLOs of hospitals.”

He said there were acute shortage of MLOs in hospitals of Karachi and 14 to 15 officials were not enough to fulfill actual requirement of the city. He urged the government to immediately appoint new MLOs on vacant seats.

He said MLOs could provide direction in handling terrorism-related cases, including bombings and targeted killings. He said Health Secretary would meet with MLOs on 17 May to discuss the issues related to their security.

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