NICVD employees stage protest demo

KARACHI: The employees of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on Monday staged a protest demonstration against hospital administration’s order to vacate residential quarters.

The NICVD administration has asked its employees living in the premises of the hospital to vacate their residential quarter by January 31, 2016; otherwise, their utility services will be disconnected. The employees of the hospital staged the protest demonstration outside the main building of hospital, demanding the administration to withdraw the decision.

The protesters while talking to media persons said incumbent hospital management has directed the staff to vacate their quarters as administration wants to expand the hospital. They said the hospital administrator could not provide alternate houses to them.

They said there are almost 80 families living there for many years and it will be very difficult for them to search new homes. They said uncertainty prevails amongst these employees. They urged the hospital administration to withdraw this decision or provide them alternate housing facilities before the construction of new building.

The protesters said they are not against the development and progress of the hospital. They said they perform their duties when there is an emergency or strike and the employees living in other parts of the city cannot come.

They demanded of the Chief Minister Sindh and high-ups of health department to take notice of the situation and stop administration to get their houses vacated.

Executive Director, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar, was not available for comment.