KARACHI:PIMA on Friday expressed its grave concern over the 10% deduction from salaries of healthcare providers by Sindh government. In a statement, it said that healthcare providers are fighting as frontliners against Corona, while the Punjab government had announced an additional one month salary for them, but the Sindh government was doing contrary to it.
PIMA also stressed on the provision of basic PPE in primary and secondary healthcare facilities where doctors were working without even basic protections. Although the PIMA along with other NGOs such as Al- Khidmat and Dua Foundation is trying its level best to fulfill the basic needs of healthcare providers but in current scenario, the demand is enormous and only State can coup with it, it says.
PIMA emphasized that only “salutes” are not enough. Its the state’s responsibility to protect its frontline fighters but it seems that the red tape is still obstructing the supply of mandatory items even in this situation of national emergency.
PIMA also condemned the private hospitals and medical centres, which are deducting salaries of their staff with an excuse of lowered workload and lesser income. These private healthcare facilities should avoid such an indecent policy in this hour of need and putting more financial burden on their poor employees. PIMA urged government to take strict notice of such practices. PIMA also appealed the nation to stay at home and avoid going out without any unavoidable reason.