KARACHI: The Sindh government has recently decided to conduct a crackdown on the protests of employees of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in the province.
According to sources, DUHS has been considered as service institution in which any kind of union activities are not allowed and it was further informed that the protests could disrupt the long-stalled educational process due to the existence of an ongoing pandemic. Sources further told that the corona wave during the first quarter of this year, DUHS actively played the role of frontline force against the Corona wave during the first quarter of this year.
Meanwhile, Sindh government has also tightened measures and enforced precautionary measures against the growing number of cases in coronavirus province.
According to the data released by the Sindh government yesterday, the deadly disease recently killed 12 people. Six hundred and twenty new cases have come to surface. As of November 8, about six and a half thousand patients are being treated across the province. The number of positive cases has gone up to about 1.5 million while the government has tested around 1.8 million.
The Sindh government is preparing to increase the scope of testing. Sources said that according to the report sent to the Sindh government, due to the sit-ins and strikes, there are difficulties in carrying out medical affairs of Dow University Hospital. Teaching activities at the largest medical institution may be closed.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Dow University employees has recently announced a protest at Karachi Press Club on 9 Nov. Sources said that the Sindh government has already taken up the baton.
In this regard, the activities of Qaim Jokhio, the leading leader of the Joint Action Committee, have been closely monitored. His phone calls are also being monitored.
While the health care allowance should be paid soon, other demands have been assured to be met. However, the disruption in the medical education process may be due to a conspiracy, so the conspiracy must be detected or known.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Qaim Jokhio could not be reached for comment.