MULTAN - The young doctors continued their strike for 17th consecutive day on Friday as they did not join their duties. The members of Young Doctors Association (YDA) sat in camps set up OPD wards where they examined patients.

Talking to the journalists, YDA Multan chapter President Dr Mazhar Chaudhry said that the young doctors got registered their protest in a peaceful way. He pledged that the young doctors would continue their strike in a peaceful way till acceptance of their demands. He said that the doctors adopted a peaceful way but the government did not pay any heed to their genuine demands. He asked the government to accept all demands of doctors including issuance of their service structure otherwise they would continue their strike. He said that the young doctors not only examined the patients returning hopeless from outdoor but also provided free of cost medicines to them.

NOTICE TAKEN: The Provincial Ombudsman has taken serious notice of a complaint lodged by the nurses of Nishtar Hospital against poor management of their hostel affairs and sought detailed report from the EDO Health Dr Iftikhar Hussain. Sources said that the nurses complained that five nurses were forced to live in one hostel room as a result of which they faced severe inconvenience. After receiving inquiry orders from the Ombudsman office, the EDO Health has sought answer from Medical Superintendent of Nishtar Hospital. 

POLIO ERADICATION CAMPAIGN: The three-day national polio eradication campaign will commence in Multan from February 11 and continue till 13th as over 1700 teams have been formed by the local health department.

Health sources said that a follow up phase will also be launched on 14th and 15th to ensure vaccination of 100 per cent children. Over six lac children below the age of five will be administered polio drops during the campaign. Health sources said that out of over 1700 teams, as many as 1450 will be mobile ones to go door to door and vaccinate the kids. Similarly, the remaining teams will be deployed at all health outlets, railway stations, wagon stands, airport and important trading centres to vaccinate the kids. The drive would be monitored by DCO Naseem Sadiq.