Pakistan Army Doctors Deputed at AHs

RAWALPINDI – The tug-of-war between Punjab government and the young doctors has taken the life of a poor young boy here at District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) on Monday.

A tuberculosis patient Muhammad Jahangir, 13, hails from Boring Road Railway Colony died at Male Ward of DHQ while the family of the deceased agitated, alleging the doctors for not seeing the patient despite his serious condition.

Mother of Muhammad Jahangir alleged that her son was not attended by doctors in the Male Medical Ward despite repeated requests were made.

According to ill-fated mother of Muhammad Jahangir, she brought her son suffering with tuberculosis to DHQ Male Ward early on in the morning. She said that a doctor examined her son and administered a drip to Jahangir and left the ward. After that, no body arrived to see the patient despite several requests, said the mother, adding that at last a doctor came and pronounced Jahangir as dead.

The family members and relatives of the young boy staged a protest demo outside DHQ Male Ward and chanted slogans against the doctors and Punjab government. The agitation of the family sparked unrest among the local government’s ranks as PML-N MNA Malik Shakeel Awan and District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar rushed to the hospital, soothed the family and negotiated DHQ Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Sher Ali Khan Niazi.

Talking to media men, Shakeel Awan said that doctors treated the patient, however, the young boy died a natural death. He said that earlier family members took the boy from DHQ without permission of doctors despite the fact that his condition was very serious.

He ruled out the possibility of any negligence on behalf of the doctors and said enough numbers of doctors were present in the hospitals to attend the patients.

Meanwhile, at least 15 doctors from Pakistan Army have been deputed at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and DHQ. The doctors examined several patients.

Rawalpindi Medical College and AHs Chief Dr Musadiq, when contacted, said that the government called all the doctors cancelling their summer vacations. He said that some 45 doctors from rural areas had been deputed in AHs to attend the patients whereas 30 fresh lady doctors joined their duties as well.


YDA Strike: Pakistan Army To Provide Free Treatment at Military Hospitals

Army Doctors take charge in different hospitals across Punjab.

At the behest of the Government of Punjab, doctors from the Army Corps were deployed at different hospitals in Punjab on Monday, Express News reported. The doctors were welcomed by the relatives of the patients.

Doctors took charge at Mayo, Jinnah hospitals in Lahore, outdoor wards of Nishtar Hospital in Multan and Civil Hospital in Gujranwala.

Meanwhile, young female doctors in Rawalpindi resumed their duties. Outdoor wards in Rahim Yar Khan were also reopened.

A contingent of police was deployed in case of a possible protest.

According to a spokesperson of the Punjab government, senior doctors are fulfilling duties in place of young doctors.

The Punjab government had decided to appoint 1,000 medical officers.

The Government of Punjab requested the Army to deploy more doctors.

The Pakistan Army announced that free treatment will be offered to people at military hospitals and that doctors will work in two shifts to treat them.

Pakistan Army Doctors To Take Charge From Today

More than 15 doctors of Pakistan Army along with 27 demonstrators of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) will attend the patients at allied hospitals’ out-patient departments (OPDs) in the garrison city from Monday as negotiations between the YDA and Punjab government have failed.

“The doctors of army will perform duties at three allied hospitals till the end of young doctors’ strike,” said the RMC Principal and Chief Executive of three allied hospitals Dr Musaddiq Khan while talking to Dawn.

He said that five doctors of Pakistan Army each would be deployed at Benazir Bhutto Hospital, District Headquarters Hospital and Holy Family Hospital and added that army doctors would perform duties in uniform.

He also said the provincial government had also appointed 51 women medical officers in three hospitals of the city to tackle any unforeseen situation due to the ongoing strike. “These medical officers have been recruited through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and they had been posted at the allied hospitals in the city,” he explained.

Dr Khan assured that government would not leave the patients unattended in the government-run hospitals due to the strikes of doctors. He
said it had made all the necessary arrangements to run the hospitals without the protesting doctors.

“The allied hospitals kept the OPDs at the allied hospitals open on Sunday and the doctors remained present on duty,” he claimed. However, officials at the hospitals were of the view that patients did not come in great numbers considering Sunday as a weekly-off for the OPDs. They
said that doctors also stayed at the OPDs for a short span of time and then left as there were no patients.

Director Health Rawalpindi division Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal said the provincial government had made all arrangements to run the district hospitals, Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) hospitals and Basic Health Units (BHUs) in the four districts of Rawalpindi division – Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum. He said the government wanted to run the hospitals as per routine for the uninterrupted provision of health facilities to the masses.

When contacted, Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab Chairman Dr Mohammad Haroon said the Punjab government had failed to run the OPDs in three allied hospitals of the city on Sunday despite making hectic efforts in this regard.

He said the negotiations between striking doctors and provincial government had failed and added the YDA was considering boycotting in-patient departments, operation theatres (OTs) and the emergency departments also and the decision, in this regard, would be finalised in a meeting late at night.

He warned that in their long march towards Lahore from all parts of the province, the striking doctors along with their families and friends would lay siege to Chief Minister Secretariat and added that young doctors were united for their cause.

Pakistan Army Doctors Extend Help in Punjab

Doctors from the Army Medical Corps of the Pakistan Army were called on Saturday to hospitals in Punjab, the largest Pakistani province where doctors have been on strike for about two weeks crippling hospital operations.

The Punjab government has lately requested the Pakistan Army for doctors so that they can take over the duties of the striking doctors who are demanding a raise in their salaries and perks.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that upon the request of the Punjab government some 150 doctors have been assigned duties at the government hospitals in the province so that the patients could be attended to.

The doctors from the medical corps, both male and female, of the army will perform their duties in army uniform. However, the doctors will assist the core medical operations and will not assist in management and other administrative affairs.

The two-week-long strike of the Young Doctors Association at public hospitals has almost shut the outpatient departments of all the hospitals.

The poor patients in the province are the ones who are suffering. The strike has been causing immense hardship to patients and their attendants who visit the government hospitals in the thousands on a daily basis across the province.

The young doctors’ boycott of duties at outdoor wards is a part of their pressure tactics to force the government to accept their demands, So far, the Punjab government has not given in.

However, with the arrival of the doctors from the army, the situation may not improve because some 6,000 young doctors are on strike and the available number of doctors is far below this.