TIMERGARA -  Patients and their attendants from Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral, and Bajaur Agency faced immense hardships at District Headquarters Hospital Timergara as doctors and employees at the hospital on Sunday continued the strike for the second consecutive day and boycotted the out-patients department against alleged harassment and provoking public against doctors by worker of a political party.

The doctors also closed down their private clinics for the second day and the only emergency cover was provided to patients at the DHQ hospital.

Sherada, a resident of Fanah Kot in Upper Dir told The Nation that his six-month-old baby girl was suffering from severe chest infection and he brought her here at the DHQ hospital Timergara but the doctors were on strike and he will have to left for home without a check-up of her daughter.

“I came from Khar in Bajaur Agency to examine my 70-year-old mother who is suffering from severe backache but we are shocked to hear about doctor’s strike in DHQ Timergara,” said Shah Jehan, an attendant.

Talking to reporters president doctors’ association Dir Lower Dr Nadir Khan said that police was yet to register the First Information Report (FIR) against district councilor Alamzeb advocate who had allegedly resorted to inciting the public against doctors after the death of a boy in hospital emergency unit here the other day.

“The strike would continue until First Information Report (FIR) was registered against political worker”, Nadir Khan said.  It merits a mention here that one Musa Khan a resident of Bajaur Agency the other day alleged that his 8-month-old son died of doctor’s negligence at DHQ hospital Timergara.

Later, district councillor and PPP local leader Alamzeb Advocate reached on the spot and blocked Dir Timergara highway in protest.

Talking to The Nation via phone Medical Superintendent (MS) DHQ Timergara Dr Anwar Zada rejected the allegations saying the baby boy was provided within time treatment but he could not survive due to the precarious condition of the illness.

Meanwhile, social and political circles of the district have demanded the doctors association to immediately call off their strike in the larger interest of the patients and resume legal fight if they think any injustice has been done to them.

 

Shahid Hussain Yousafzai