KARACHI: The staff of the Sindh Government Children Hospital North Nazimabad Karachi observed a complete strike and boycott of the emergency services over the non-payment of four months of salaries.
The major protest demonstration was held at the Children’s Hospital North Nazimabad, and later the protesters moved to the Karachi Press Club to record the event.
The protesters said around 400 employees working under the Poverty Eradication Initiative had not been paid their due salaries for four months by the hospital’s administration. They said that the Sindh government had not released the last quarter of the fiscal year 2019-20, which has created a funding problem, and the PEI administration has been unable to pay the salaries of the staff.
The hospital’s management has also unable to provide medicines and surgical disposals to patients due to the unavailability of funds. The parents of poor patients have been compelled to buy medical supplies from local medical stores due to their unavailability in the hospital’s emergency department.
The closure of emergency services and staff strike has added to the miseries of the patients.
Chief Executive Director, Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI), Dr Muhammad Toufiq, was not available to make any comments.