LAHORE - The Young Doctors Association (YDA) held a demonstration at Jinnah Hospital on Saturday to press for the demands of revised service structure, provision of free medicine and diagnosis facilities to the patients and facility of house jobs to graduates of private medical colleges at public sector teaching hospitals.

Led by YDA Punjab President Dr Javed Aheer, Dr Khurram Shahzad, Dr Shabbir and Dr Abubakar Gondal, young doctors gathered outside Principal Office to press for their demands. Carrying placards and banners inscribed with their demands, they chanted slogans against the Punjab government.

Dr Javed Aheer said that it was pity that the people at the helm of affairs were not implementing the agreed service structure which was causing anxiety among the medical community. He said that the poor were not getting free medicine and diagnosis facilities which was serious concern for young doctors. He said that posting of medical officers selected through PPSC in far flung areas was an attempt to disturb education of PG trainees. He said that graduates of private medical colleges should be allowed to complete house job at public sector teaching hospitals. He vowed to continue protest till acceptance of all legitimate demands.


Paeds Organs Transplant Centre will be functional at Institute of Child Health and Children’s Hospital by the end of current year.

This was informed at a meeting held here on Saturday to review progress on Paeds Organs Transplant Centre. Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired the meeting attended by Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar, Dean ICH and Children’s Hospital Prof Masood Sadiq, Medical Director Prof Ahsen Waheed Rathor, Prof Huma Arshad Cheema and other medical experts.

Kh Salman Rafiq said that the credit of organs transplant centre goes to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. He said that the facility of kidney transplant would also be provided at this centre.

Briefing the participants, Prof Masood Sadiq said that infrastructure and other supportive services existed for setting up Paeds Organs Transplant Centre. He said that the institution was in touch with the Birmingham Hospital UK for imparting training to the doctors and specialized nurses for paeds liver transplantation and post operative care. He said that these doctors and nurses would provide technical training to other staff of Children’s Hospital. The meeting proposed that site for adults donating liver for the children should be set up at Sheikh Zayed Hospital. He said that patients have to take medicines throughout life after transplantation. However, the dose of medicine is reduced with the passage of time. Prof Ahsen Waheed Rathor told that the training of doctors and nurses for organs transplantation would be completed within six months at Birmingham Hospital UK. He further said that this centre would start functioning at the end of this year and hopefully 30 to 50 liver operations would be carried out annually.