PRESS RELEASE: (February 13, 2013 Wednesday)
Today is the 10th day of Hunger Strike by young doctors of Pujab in front of Services Hospital Lahore, Punjab; they have missed 29 consecutive meals, are on continuous Dextrose water intravenous infusions. Their demands are following:
1- Commencement of provision of free medicines/drugs (oral, intravenous, enteral, pareneteral), free laboratory investigations, free bedding, free operation procedures/the tools used in operations; to the people presenting in the public/govt hospitals of the Punjab.
2- Repair of the out-of-order machinery in the hospitals to working condition. (Including CT scan, MRI, fluoroscopy, XRAY, laboratory machines, operation theatre machines, anaesthesia machines, cardiac monitors, ventilators, angiograhy machines etc)
3- Reversal of departmental victimisation by Health Department Govt of Punjab in the form of termination from job/suspensions/undue transfers, harassment letters to homes of the young doctors who were peacefully protesting in the form of OPD camps and were catering all the patients presneting to hospitals without any hindrance, just because they tried to expose the mournfully bad health conditions in public hospitals of the Punjab where they have to work.
PROTEST RALLIES AND “DHARNA”:
Today, protest rallies were held all over the big cities in Punjab in solidarity with the Hunger Stricken young doctors and their patients-welfare demands. In Lahore, thousands of participants from doctors and their families, patients and attendants, General public, civil society, students organizations including Insaf Students Federation, Mustafvi Students Movement, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba; trade unions including Pakistan Trade Union Defense Campaign (PTUDC), Pakistan Railways Union, Trade unions of Lahore, Punjab Teachers Association, Lahore Bar Association and many other professional associations took part. The rally started from Ghulam Ghous road (jail road) Lahore and marched toward the Governor house Punjab where they staged sit-in (dharna) on the Mall road and raised slogans for free medicine, labs tests, investigations and treatment. The dharna continued for more than 2 hours.
Similar rallies were conducted in Faisalabad, Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, DG Khan and other cities.