Children Hospital staff continue protest, boycott of duties

Karachi

KARACHI:The employees of Sindh Government Children Hospital (SGCH), North Karachi has continued their protest demonstration and boycott of duties against authorities concerned of health department for not releasing funds for their salaries. The hospital is running under public private partnership through a non-governmental organization, Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI), since last two years. The staff of hospital including doctors, paramedical staff, nurses and other administrative officials who are working under PEI has not been paid salaries since three months.

The Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) management has shut downed the emergency and OPD services in protest for delay in release of funds for health facility. Around 350 employees including doctors, nurses and staff of hospital has continued protest demonstration for payment of salaries.

The protesting staff said have been deprived their salaries since three months and they were facing financial crises as they are unable to feed their dependents, pay for the education of their children and pay house rents. The children of employees were facing expulsion from educational institutes while some are facing house eviction.

Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS), SGCH, Dr Kausar Fatima, while talking to PPI, said doctors of Sindh government are running OPDs and established Emergency Department on temporary basis to deal emergency cases but administration unable to provide emergency services to patients in three shifts due to shortage of staff.

Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) administration has closed emergency, diagnostic and other services to visiting and emergency patients in protest since ten days due to shortage of funds.

The protest affected the provision of health services in Sindh second largest paediatric care hospital