LAHORE: At least ten patients have died in hospitals across Punjab due to negligence resulting from the Young Doctors Association (YDA) strike.
Army and senior doctors have been forced to take over as the strike entered its 15th day. The YDA has been in a deadlock with the provincial government over the issue of a service structure.
Young doctors of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa closed OPD departments for two hours to show solidarity with the YDA Punjab.
In order to deal with YDA strike, the Punjab health department has appointed 596 new doctors.
57 new doctors have been appointed in Lahore’s Mayo Hospital, 90 in the Services Hospital, 50 in Jinnah, 27 in General Hospital, 40 in Ganga Ram and 19 in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
In Faisalabad, 90 new doctors have been appointed in hospitals across the city. 45 new doctors have been appointed in hospitals of Rawalpindi while in Multan 70 were appointed.
76 doctors have been appointed in Rahim Yar Khan and 32 have been appointed in Bahawalpur.