An in-depth study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Douglas Mata observes that almost 30% young doctors are having depression symptoms and further suggests that this is a universal phenomenon. Considering the current scenario and widespread protests by Young Doctors Association (YDA) in recent years, the scenario in Pakistan can be even more intimidating.

Though Health department of Punjab and YDA succeeded in resolving many of the issues faced by young doctors, such as road-map for promotion and service structure of doctors, still there are unresolved grievances. First and foremost, it is observed that young doctors are facing unduly hectic hours of duty; the resultant sleep deprivation not only hampers their performance but also results in brain drain. Secondly, bearing in mind the rather belligerent behaviour of society as a whole, there is lack of security for doctors especially in casualty cases. This situation can put doctors on life support. Lastly, condition of hostels granted to house officers is quite worrisome, to say the least. The care-giving profession is inherently quite resilient and demanding.

Public awareness and respect towards this noble profession need to be further emphasised. The Punjab administration has been criticised for ignoring health and education sector and devoting too much energy to infrastructural development, the comprehensive governance approach and heightened attention towards health sector would go well with the reputation of the incumbent government. It is high time that due care should be given to the caregivers in order to save the saviours of society.

AMIR IKRAM,

Lahore, May 2.