YDA warns of protests in AJK if demands not met

Bureau Report

 

MUZAFFARABAD: Young Doctors Association (YDA) has warned that it would stage sit-ins and demonstrations across Azad Jammu and Kashmir if the state government fails to resolve doctors’ issues witnin two days.

Dr Faheem Gardezi, President of YDA’s AJK chapter, along with other leaders announced this in a press conference here on Sunday. He warned that if the demands of the doctors and other healthcare professionals are not met in two days, there would a sit-in in front of the AJK Assembly.

Presenting his demands, Dr Faheem said that all doctors of AJK should be given concessions and the posts of doctors should be in proportion to the region’s population.

The YDA AJK president said the government seems non-serious about resolving their issues. “Hospitals in Azad Jammu and Kashmir are full of coronavirus patients,” he said, appealing to the public to take precautions to avoid contracting the deadly respiratory disease.

Earlier, doctors across the country had threatened to go on strike if the government does not provide protective gear and allowances to doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff, who are fighting against the coronavirus pandemic on the frontline.

Addressing a press conference at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Karachi, Young Doctors Association (YDA) had said that it had been repeatedly asking for protective gear and medical equipment but the Sindh government had been making false promises to them. However, later the issue resolved after doctors were provided personal protective equipment.