KARACHI – Twenty-three-year-old Zain*, a Catholic Christian, was admitted to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital Karachi after he was shot and wounded as a passer-by in a crossfire. While his worried parents and sister stood around waiting for the doctor’s verdict, men in green turbans and high shalwars swooped down on Zain. “Brother, you must denounce your infidel ways. Kalma parhein (recite the Kalma),” they told the young man who was barely conscious and obviously in immense
LAHORE – Hundreds of patients suffered as the strike of Punjab’s doctors continues for an increase in salaries on Thursday.
The ongoing strike has completed a month of protests in which the Young Doctors Association (YDA) demonstrated outside hospitals and administered treatment to patients in medical camps there.
Routine duty in several teaching hospitals of the province, including those in Lahore, is suspended due to the strike.
The YDA said the strike will continue
LAHORE – Young doctors have decided to protest once again on Tuesday as Pakistan Today learnt on Monday that at least one million patients have suffered due to the ongoing strikes of the doctors for enhanced salary packages. On Monday, the young doctors decided to stage a sit-in front of the Chief Minister’s House and observe a complete strike in Out-Patient Departments (OPD) in all public sector hospitals as part of their ongoing protests.
Health Department sources disclosed to
ISLAMABAD – The two computerised tomography (CT) scan machines at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) were out of order and the number of patients at private clinics and laboratories of the doctors concerned at this hospital was increasing manifold, a source in the radiology department of PIMS told Pakistan Today. The source said there were only two CT scan machines in the hospital and both had been out of order for the last six months because of poor maintenance. The
LAHORE – A large number of patients and their relatives protested against the negative attitude of doctors who refused to treat them on Friday and they demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad take stern action against the doctors. The patients from all over the province especially Sheikhpura, Gujranwala, Narowal, Kasoor and Sialkot faced a lot of problems because of the young doctors’ strike. A retired teacher, Arshad Khokhar, who had come
ISLAMABAD – Despite having national plans for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) control the number of patients are increasing manifold as 30 new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and 4,366 confirmed cases of TB were reported from all over the Pakistan during December last year. These figures have been revealed by FAFEN an NGO in its monthly Health Scan, a report based on the compilation of data of the cases of a selection of diseases collected by the Offices of Executive
LAHORE – The young doctors managed to pull-off the first day of the street check-up strike on Monday. They provided outdoor patient department (OPD) services to patients on the streets by setting up medical camps, while simultaneously protesting for the pay raise. The doctors, with black bands wrapped on their arms, set up camps outside all government hospitals including Mayo Hospital, General Hopsital, Children Hospital, Services Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Jinnah Hospital.
Lahore – The Punjab Young Doctors Association’s (PYDA) General Council (GC) decided after observing a three-day strike in outdoor patient departments (OPDs) of all city hospitals to resume OPD service not in the hospitals but on the roads adjacent to the hospitals on Friday.
All PYDA presidents have been directed to start the OPD service on the roads from Monday till the PYDA’s next decision. The PYDA General Council said they did not want poor patients to suffer. This decision
LAHORE – Patients continued to suffer as the outdoor patient departments (OPDs) of major hospitals across the city remained closed for the third consecutive day on Thursday owing to the strike announced by the Young Doctors Association (YDA) for a salary raise.
The situation was the worst in Jinnah Hospital where a complete strike was observed with even the operation theatres not working. All hospitals except Lady Willington Hospital, Lady Aitchison Hospital and the Punjab
KARACHI – Pakistan Society, a Karachi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) dealing with healthcare and social services, has planned to take out a long march from Karachi to Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on March 10 for HIV/AIDS patients and other neglected members of the society.
Moreover, the NGO managers have also threatened to commit self-immolation in case their demands are not met or if any breakdown occurs before they reach their destination.
The Pakistan Society president
KARACHI – The Welfare Society for Patient Care recently held a painting exhibition at the Canvas Gallery for raising funds for treatment of underprivileged patients. With Prof Dr Iffat Yazdani as Honorary Administrator, the WSPC caters to the dialysis needs of over 250 patients, 95 percent of whom are dialysed free of charge.
Every month, a letter is dispatched to the donors regarding the clinical progress of the patients dialysed. The WSPC, whose funds are audited every six
KARACHI – Doctors working in public sector hospitals across Sindh including Karachi observed a two-hour strike on Friday in response to the call issued by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Karachi against increasing incidents of killings of doctors in the province.
The PMA issued the call for this strike on Thursday during a meeting held at the PMA House to condemn the brutal murder of yet another doctor, Dr Imran Wasi, who was shot dead near the Lyari General Hospital.
LAHORE – Hospital patients are facing severe cold due to gas closure while school children are also in the same dilemma, exposing them to diseases such as flu and fever, Pakistan Today has learnt. Gas supply to city hospitals including Ittefaq, Jinnah, Mayo, Sir Ganga Ram, Services, Shalimar and Children’s Hospital remains suspended during the day while very low pressure persists during the night.
Patients said that they are exposed to severe cold, as neither gas nor electric
LAHORE: Kidney patients have to wait for months before getting the dialysis treatment in public hospitals across the city, as the number of dialysis machines are too few to cater to such an increasing number, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to a survey conducted in major teaching hospitals of the city, despite the availability of dialysis machines and free of cost treatment, long waiting lists of patients has been observed. Services Hospital has nine machines and caters to
Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) Chairman Khawaja Shahzeb Akram said the pharmaceutical industry would provide the Punjab government medicines for distribution to poor patients.
Shahzeb was leading a fifty member delegation in a meeting with the Punjab health secretary. Shahzeb said, “We will continue to support the health department”. He also briefed the Punjab health secretary on the problems faced by the Pharmaceutical Industry with regards