Recently, the Young Doctors Association (YDA) of Balochistan announced the suspension of Outpatient Department (OPD) services in government hospitals across the province until the availability of basic services.
The move came after a patient in the Neurosurgery ward of Civil Hospital Quetta threatened a doctor and intimidated him through violence due to the unavailability of medicines in the hospital, reports revealed. The statement issued by YDA stated that the patient grabbed the doctor by the collar and hit him.
The statement also discussed the incidents of torture on young doctors and fights between patients and doctors in hospitals that occur daily due to the unavailability of facilities. The association convicted the use of violence against doctors.
The statement further added that the young doctors had staged a march to demand the availability of basic facilities at hospitals which led to the recent incidents, although, the government didn’t take notice of the protest.
On Saturday, the association held a protest outside Quetta Press Club where Dr. Yasir Khan Balochistan YDA President called for basic health facilities in government hospitals otherwise doctors would not shy away from boycotting hospital services.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitals don’t have syringes, a basic facility for patients, said Yasir Khan. They also demanded the availability of testing services, medicines, and modern equipment at the hospitals as the machines were non-functional and broken.