Strike continues in Chandka, paramedics, clerks and doctors stage demos, sit-ins

Ratodero, Sind: Paramedics, APCA, Sanitary Workers Association, staff nurses and Pakistan Medical Association members of Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, continued boycott of their duties for the fifth consecutive day on Monday.

Hundreds of paramedics, clerks, sanitary workers and doctors held large protest demonstration in civil hospital demanding immediate transfer of Dr. Zulfiqar Siyal out of Larkana district. PMA Larkana chapter president Dr. Shah Baig Chandio warned the district administration and Sind government in his address to the employees that from Tuesday onward emergency treatment will also be stopped till Siyal is ousted from Larkana.

The agitating employees took out a large protest rally and staged sit-in in front of Deputy Commissioner’s House on VIP road which continued for one hour and due to which all traffic remained jammed on this most important road. They then marched to Commissioner Larkana office and staged sit-in there as well chanting slogans against the district administration, Sind Government and Dr. Siyal. This main road also remained closed for all kinds of vehicles for more than an hour.

Meanwhile, Dr. Siyal arrived in tight police security in administration block at about 11.00am on Monday and found all doors locked. He directed his private armed men to break the locks of main entrance which they did and then lock of other offices were also broken by his private men. Three additional medical superintendents of the hospital were telephonically called who remained with him along with heavy contingents of police but no staff member including clerks and peons turned out for duty as all of them were forced by the paramedics and APCA leaders to leave the office boundary wall.

Private armed men also broke the locks of laboratories, OPD Block, Radiology and other important places for which the paramedic leaders and PMA President warned the district government that millions of rupees worth equipment & instruments are lying inside these buildings and if any of it is stolen or broken they will not be responsible and Dr. Siyal would be held responsible for such theft and other damage to the government property and such FIR must be lodged against him and his outside private supporters.

No sanitation has been done in 1352bed largest teaching hospital of upper Sind and no operation has been carried out since last five days and supply of hospital medicines have also been stopped. The X-ray & ultrasound departments and lab tests are also closed.

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