QUETTA: Doctors in the government and private hospitals of Balochistan continued observing a strike in the out patient departments (OPDs) but temporarily resumed emergency services following the call of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Balochistan, Geo News reported.
According to sources, the decision was taken in a meeting headed by President PMA Balochistan Dr Sultan Tareen, keeping in view the hardships faced by the patients coming from every part of the province.
The further course of action will be decided after 24 hours while it has also been determined to give a citywide strike on Sunday in case the authorities fail to recover Dr Ghulam Rasool.
Doctors are boycotting the duties to protest the kidnapping of another doctor of Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) Dr Ghulam Rasool.
Unknown armed men abducted psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool of BMC hospital from Brewery Road on Wednesday, two days after a kidnapped senior surgeon of the same college Dr Din Mohammad Bangulzai had been released.
Dr Rasool was on his way home after performing his duty at BMC when armed men intercepted him. They took him along to an unknown destination at gunpoint.
The paramedical staff along with doctors is boycotting their duties. Patients, especially from the far-flung areas are facing severe difficulties after the doctors stopped discharging their duties in the out patient departments (OPDs) and emergency wards.
The Balochistan government has formed a committee for the recovery of Dr Ghulam Rasool, however, no advancement has been made so far.
On Thursday, members of the PMA and other medical organizations took out a protest rally from the Civil Hospital in Quetta to the Press Club.
Dr Sultan Tareen announced that doctors across Balochistan had stopped working in emergency wards of hospitals. He added that the strike would continue until Dr Rasool was released.