Paramedics continue boycott at CMCHJune 10, 2015
LARKANA: After having detailed meeting with the CMCH Medical Superintendent, the elected leaders of Pakistan Paramedical Staff Welfare Association announced that their three-day struggle for vacating burns ward will continue on Friday as well because the ward has not yet been vacated, Shahi Khan Jagirani, President of the association told reporters on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, on the call of Pakistan Paramedical Staff Welfare Association, Chandka Medical College Hospital chapter, Larkana, all Out-Patients’ Departments (OPD) of this largest 1400-bed capacity Teaching Hospital of upper Sindh remained locked for the third consecutive day since morning due to which everything came to standstill including wards as no laboratories, radiological departments, operation theaters, telephone exchanges, main medical store and ECGs were allowed to function.
Poor patients underwent trouble. The boycott continues for more than four hours on Thursday starting from 8.30am. Only Casualty Ward was allowed to work whereas emergency operations were carried out to save precious lives as no paramedic went to perform their duties in the OTs.
Likewise no x-ray, ultrasound, pathological and blood tests were conducted, multiplying the woes of the patients. The paramedics took out a large rally, held a protest demonstration at Jinnah Bagh roundabout, burnt tyres and chanted slogans demanding immediate vacation of the burns ward and action against the parallel association’s so called leaders.
Shahi Khan Jagirani, Zulfiqar Sahto, Waheed Jokhio, Noor Ahmed and others told media that in whole Larkana division health institutions of the government protests were held on the directives of their central president Niaz Bhutto expressing solidarity with CMCH paramedics.
They also lashed out at the health secretary for not taking any action over their continued protests and they termed it his conspiracy to ruin the peaceful atmosphere in healthcare institutions in the province. They warned to close down even emergency if the burns ward is not vacated.
Rajib Khoso and Zakir Buledi of shadow ‘pocket’ Peoples Paramedics Staff Association also met the CMCH Medical Superintendent Dr. Safiullah Abbasi and handed over keys of the burns ward but the banner of their association was seen fixed over the burns ward when this news was filed.