Friday, December 2

PMA calls for not taking duties from medical staff

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Centre and Karachi on Tuesday demanded of the government to exempt medical personnel, including doctors and nurses from performing election duties; otherwise, the health delivery system will collapse on the election day.

A high level meeting of PMA Centre and PMA Karachi was held at PMA House, Karachi. The meeting showed concern over the government decision to take duties from the doctors for elections.

Paradoxically the doctors from the tertiary care hospitals are being nominated for election duties. It is a well-known fact that medical practitioners are always considered as the people of essential services. They already have a big responsibility to provide health care during any circumstances. The 25th July will be a very sensitive day. In the present situation, doctors are supposed to deal with not only normal medical and surgical emergencies but God forbid in case of violence or terrorist attacks, their services become more vital.

PMA strongly demanded that all medical personnel, including doctors and nurses, be spared from performing election duties.