YDA announces sit-in in front of CM House

Mandokhail said the government was not serious in addressing their issues

Our Correspondent January 11, 2022


Young Doctors Association (YDA) President Dr Hafeezullah Mandokhail on Monday negated the impression that there was any “under the table deal” with the government and announced that they would hold a sit-in in front of the Chief Minster House on January 12 (tomorrow) if their demands are not met.

Addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club, Mandokhail said the government was not serious in addressing their issues. He was flanked by other officials of the YDA on the occasion.

"We will hold a sit-in in front of the Chief Minister's House on January 12 and march towards red zone if the demands are not met,” the YDA president said.

“Even after this if no step is taken we will march towards Islamabad," he added.

"We are not making any deal under the table but [asking the government to] solve the problem in front of the people."

Mandokhail recalled that he had apprised then Balochistan chief minister Jam Kamal of their problems but after two weeks the provincial CM was changed.

He said, later, a delegation of YDA met current provincial chief minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, and informed him of the existing issue.

"He (Bizenjo) negotiated with us but our fellow doctors were arrested and remained in jail for 30 days," Mandokhail said.

He reminded that on the assurance of government ministers and opposition, the YDA did not intensify its protest and kept the door of negotiations open. “Despite this no attention was paid to the issues.”

"Young doctors have been providing OPD services under the open sky for [the last] two weeks in view of the difficulties faced by people but the government is not providing required facilities at hospitals," he said.

In response to a question, the YDA president said the angiography machine at civil hospital had been out of order for over a year.


Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2022.


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