Lethargy of administration: Paramedics token hunger strike continues

August 25, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The token hunger strike by the Pakistan Paramedical Staff Association (PPMSA) Karachi Division continued on second consecutive day on Tuesday in Civil Hospital Karachi to reinforce their demand for removal of medical superintendent, overcoming medicine shortage and promoting paramedics.

President PPMSA Karachi Division Nazeer Abbasi, Chairman Civil Hospital Karachi Unit Working Committee Iftikhar Ahmed Khan, Ali Ghumro, Noreen Khan, Shahid Hussain, Rizwan Mughal, Mina, Ashook Keena, Saeeda Mubarak Ali, Kausar Iqbal, Qaiser Ibrahim, Tahir Iqbal, Mir Hasan Chouhan, Muhammad Jawaid, Firdous Khan, Zaheer Ahmed, Dildar, Mushtaq Ahmed and others continued their token hunger strike outside Emergency Department of the hospital.

The participants while chanting the slogans, said that survival of healthcare and improvement of health delivery system could not possible until the removal of the medical superintendent of hospital from his post.

Addressing the participant, President PPMSA Karachi Division Muhammad Nazeer Abbasi, said PPMSA always raised voice against injustice and tyranny. He said medical superintendent had destroyed the public healthcare.

He said: “The government allocates millions of rupees for civil hospital in account of medicines every year but there is acute shortage of drugs in hospital which has compelled poor patients to buy medicines from private medical stores.”

He said MRI machine was out of order since last one year and administration could not bother to get it repaired so far.

If genuine demands of paramedics are not accepted, we would enlarge the protest throughout the Sindh province, he warned.

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