Paramedics protest against NGO-supervision of hospitals

LARKANA: After holding protests, as per their schedule, in Jamshoro, Dadu & Kambar-Shahdadkot districts, the Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana Chapter, boycotted their duties and held a protest demonstration in front of Medical Superintendent’s office here on Thursday morning.

They then took out a big rally which marched on various roads and reached at Jinnah Bagh Roundabout where they staged sit-in and protest against handing over of 219 healthcare facilities of Sindh to NGOs.

Niaz Bhutto, Central President, Sharif Palari, General Secretary, Murtaza Junejo, Aziz Brohi, Deedar Brohi, Shahi Khan Jagirani, Zulfiqar Sahto and others in which hundreds of employees took part. Another faction of PPSF led by Mahmood Chandio also held protest demonstration separately against the same issue which they termed injustice and sheer negligence of Sindh Government.

PPSF members also arrived from Ratodero led by Imtiaz Abro, Bakrani led by Fatah Jamali & Dokri led by Shahban Channo and others. They boycotted their duties and gathered at the above place on Admin Lawn holding flags, large banners, placards and they chanted slogans against government policy of privatization of health facilities. They also danced to the tune of music which astonished many.

While addressing the participants, the protest leaders said that handing over government hospitals to private persons amounts to deceiving the employees and the needy patients of Sindh. They said despite having minister, secretary, director general health, DHOs and Medical Superintendents, the government has shown bad governance and it is incompetent to run its own hospitals.

Due to complete boycott by the paramedics, all hospitals in the entire district remained paralyzed due to which poor patients suffered very seriously. About 2000 to 3000 patients arrive daily in OPD of Chandka Medical College Hospital. All laboratories, CT scan, X-Rays and Ultrasound departments remained closed but emergency operations were conducted only in the entire 1400-bed teaching hospital.