Water cannons, batons used to disperse protesting paramedics in Karachi

KARACHI: Karachi police used batons and water cannons outside Karachi Press Club on Wednesday to disperse paramedical staff protesting for approval of health professional allowance summery

When the protesters decided to move towards the Chief Minister’s House, police attacked the protesters, which resulted in injuring of many paramedics. The police also arrested 50 protesters. The injured were moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre.

The protesters were of the opinion that they were demanding health professional allowance for paramedics of Sindh on the patron of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Baluchistan, but the Sindh government was reluctant to give the same.

Central leader of Paramedical Staff Joint Action Committee, Sindh, Akhlaq Ahmed Khan said dozens of paramedics were injured due to baton charge of police and shifted to nearby hospitals. He announced that paramedics would observe boycott of OPDs throughout Sindh province till acceptance of their demands.

Another leader of Joint Action Committee, Ismail Jiskani, said Sindh government had announced health professional allowance for staff of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center and National Institute of Child Health but paramedical staff and rest of Sindh government hospitals employees had been deprived of health and other allowances.

He demanded of the Sindh government to release the arrested paramedical staff and issue notification of health professional allowance on urgent basis.