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Doctors, paramedics end strike after two days

Doctors, paramedics end strike after two days

MANSEHRA: Doctors and paramedics in Kohistan on Thursday conditionally ended their strike against the integrated health programme after holding talks with district health officials.

The strike continued for two days causing suspension of health services throughout the district.

After district health officials promised the imminent acceptance of the most demands, doctors and paramedical staff resumed duty at hospitals, rural health centres and basic health units.

The protesters demanded the facilities and privileges being given to doctors and paramedics of other districts, including Buner, Upper Dir, Lower Dir and Batagram. The government has placed civil hospitals, RHC and BHUs in the province under the control of integrated health programme. The patients who were taken to hospitals, RHC and BHUs during the strike suffered a lot were not provided any health services except at emergency wards.

In the talks, doctors were led by Dr Inayatullah and health officials by district health officer Dr Rafiullah.

Dr Inayatullah later said medics and paramedics had suspended the strike for a week and if the demands were not met within a week as promised by health officials, the strike would resume.

He said doctors and paramedical staff diligently discharged duty in far-off areas of the district without having any civic services and even then, they’re denied incentives promised by the integrated health programme.

Dr Rafiullah said he was confident that most of the issues raised by protesters would be amicably resolved within a week.

PTI AWARDS POLL TICKETS: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Thursday awarded local body election tickets to 33 candidates for district and tehsils wards and union councils.

Also, the Jamaat-i-Islami issued a list of its candidates and those supported by it during the local body elections in the district.

PTI issued the most poll tickets as it fielded 33 panels (66 candidates) in Mansehra tehsils and district.

“We have fi elded 33 panels in district and tehsils. Also, we will support two Jamaat-i-Islami candidates and 12 independents but haven’t fielded any candidate in 12 wards and union councils of the district,” PTI district president Shafat Ali said.

He said his party would win the most seats both in district and tehsil elections to form local governments. The JI announced it had fi elded or supported 35 panels in 59 wards and union councils of Mansehra district and three tehsils.

JI district chief Dr Tariq Sherazi told reporters that the party had fi elded candidates in most of the local body elections and supported some independents on the condition that they would join the party in case of victory.

He said he was optimistic that his party would form governments in district and three tehsils with the support of independents.

Dr Tariq said JI chief Sirajul Haq would visit the region on May 11.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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