Doctors staged a protest demonstration outside the local press club on Saturday against the kidnapping of Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar which occurred on Wednesday.
The protest was organized by The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA). Participants, led by PMA President Dr Sutan Tareen, marched from the Civil Hospital to the Quetta press club passing through the city’s roads and thoroughfares. Addressing the protesters, Tareen criticized the government for its failure to rescue Dr Kakar.
Meanwhile, doctors continued to boycott the out-patient departments (OPDs) in state-run hospitals all over Balochistan for the third day in a row on Saturday.
OPDs of major hospitals of the city, including Helper’s Eye Hospital, Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Fatima Jinnah TB Sanatorium and Government Sandeman Hospital, remained closed for the third consecutive day.
More than half a million patients reporting to major hospitals of Quetta were seen to suffer as OPDs remained suspended and all operations stood cancelled.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2012.
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