LAHORE - Paramedics continued protest on the 19th consecutive day on Saturday to press for the demands of revised service structure, health professional allowance and regularisation of ad hoc employees.

The paramedics closed down the out-patient department of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for three hours, from 8am to 11am, to record their protest against lack of interest on the part of the health department to resolve outstanding issues of employees. Dozens of the paramedics also took out a rally from Emergency of the Hospital to the Fatima Jinnah Medical College and blocked Shaarey Fatima Jinnah for about half an hour that caused massive traffic jam on the busy artery at peak hours. The protesting paramedics, led by Malik Munir and others, chanted slogans in favour of their demands and against government apathy.

After a break of one day, the paramedics will observe three-hour strike at the Mental Hospital on Monday (tomorrow). They will also take out a rally after token strike.

Punjab Paramedics Alliance Secretary General Shoaib Anwar Chaudhry said that the government was forcing employees to completely close down health facilities. He threatened to close down all hospitals on June 2 if the government did not fulfill their legitimate demands.