KARACHI: The Sindh Young Nurses Association (SYNA) announced on Monday that they would be boycotting work at hospitals in order to stage a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) from May 12 (today).
SYNA president Aijaz Kaleri alleged that while the nurses in Sindh were fighting the battle against coronavirus on the frontlines, the Sindh health department had constantly been taking action against them. He added that the transfer of nurses had become a matter of daily routine.
"Whenever nurses raise their voices for their rights, they are transferred and posted at a different hospital as revenge," Kaleri claimed.
He further maintained that though the nurses in the province had been putting their lives at risk due to Covid-19, the provincial health department continued to deny them coronavirus risk allowances or health professional allowances.
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Kaleri also insisted that Sindh health secretary Zahid Abbassi remained unaware of the fact that the department had many ghost employees.
Kaleri stated that SYNA would be protesting for the approval of its demands, which include the provision of health professional allowances, risk allowances, implementation of a service structure, provision of personal protective equipment and halting transfers.
He added that those who wished to protest but could not join the sit-in at KPC could protest at the press clubs of their cities and towns.