KARACHI: Around 200 male nursing students of three different nursing schools in Karachi have been deprived of their stipends since last two years. They have demanded of the health department officers to play their due role for the release of stipends, otherwise, they would observe hunger strike outside the Karachi Press Club on Eid-ul-Fitr day.
An official of health department Sindh on condition of anonymity said around 200 nursing students of three different schools of nursing situated in Karachi have been deprived of their stipends since last two years due to unknown reasons. He informed that 50 students of School of Nursing, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad; 75 students of School of Nursing, Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital; and 75 students of School of Nursing, Sindh Government Hospital Korangi.
These students were performing duties in different wards of healthcares in day and night since last two years but unfortunately, they have been deprived of their stipends. The provincial government had announced Rs 6,860 monthly stipends of male nursing students.
A student of School of Nursing, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad, Ameer Khan, said the students had been deprived of monthly stipends since last two years. He informed that the students had brought the issue to the notice of high-up of School of Nursing on various occasion but still they had been deprived of monthly stipends.
He demanded of the Sindh government, health department and secretary health to play their due role for the release of stipends before the Eidul Fitr.
Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of Provincial Nurses Association (PNA) Karachi Division was held on Thursday at the association office in Karachi, which was attended by PNA President Salamati Khokhar, Vice-President Muhammad Rehan, General Secretary Abdul Wahid, Spokesman Atta Hussain Rajpar, Information Sectary Heera Lal, Enayat Ullah Khokhar and others.
The PNA demanded of the health department to immediately call Departmental Promotion Committee meeting for appointment of principals in Schools of Nursing with drawing & disbursing Officer powers.
They said finance department Sindh had already released money for payment of stipends of male students but due to lack of DDO powers to principals of schools of nursing, the stipends could not be reach students yet.
General Secretary Pakistan Medical Association Karachi Qazi M Wasiq when contacted said trainees nurses and paramedical staff were the important part of health department and any kind of injustice with them was not acceptable. He said male nursing students should be given their stipends on earliest.
He said PMA always opposed all kind of injustice committed against doctors, nurses and paramedics at every platform. He urged the high-ups of health department to make sure the early release of pending stipends of nursing students.
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