KARACHI: Over 22,000 Lady Health Workers (LHWs) of Sindh province have been not paid their salaries for three months, owing to lethargy of federal and provincial governments, PPI learned on Thursday.
Provincial President All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Employees Association (APLHWEA) Sindh Khair-nu-Nisa Memon said employees of National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care, including supervisors, lady health workers, account supervisors and drivers have been deprived their monthly salaries for last three months.
She said LHWs are facing great hardships due to delay in release of salaries. She informed that LHWs in Sindh province have been deprived from their salaries since February 2015.
She said provincial authorities had assured us for release of three-month salaries this month but health workers are not sure whether the provincial government will fulfill its promise. She said even Rs 250 per day daily stipend is not paid to many lady health workers so far.
When asked if LHWs would perform their duties in upcoming polio campaigns in such circumstance, Khair-nu-Nisa said defiantly lady health workers will perform their duties in the coming polio drive as protecting children is the our prime responsibility.
Provincial Coordinator, National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care Dr Jay Ram Das when contacted confirmed that salaries have not paid to LHWs in Sindh province. He said salaries have been released from federal government, adding salaries will be deposited in banks accounts of lady health workers by the end of this month.