On strike: Three children dead as nurses boycott

There are more than 200 children admitted at the hospital, 150 of them in critical condition.


Web Desk March 29, 2012

KARACHI: While the nurses and junior paramedic staff are still on strike, one more child died at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi, taking the death toll to a total of three, Express News reported on Thursday.

Earlier, two other children had died due to lack of health facilities at NICH including a nine year old boy and a one year old girl.

According to sources, there are more than 200 children admitted at the NICH hospital, 150 of them in critical condition, who are not getting proper health care because of the absence of nurses who are boycotting their duties  to demand time-scale promotions from the government.

At NICH, between five to 10 children die daily and the child who died today was in a poor health condition.

All work has halted in the OPDs and wards of government run hospitals including Civil Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and NICH.

The relatives of the deceased said that the government is not taking any action to provide health facilities to the children admitted at the hospital, however doctors at NICH have said that they are making arrangements to transfer the the children to private hospitals.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has taken notice of the deaths of the children in NIH.

Nearly 5,000 nurse have been campaigning for a Rs10,000 allowance for food and clothes, time-scale promotions, increased stipend for nursing school students, as well as professional health allowance and high risk and hard workers allowance.

COMMENTS (18)

MarkH | 9 years ago | Reply

I know I most certainly wouldn't be wanting to give a raise to nurses that knowingly let their patients die. I'd rather they be fired.

Strigon | 9 years ago | Reply

Human life doesn't have any value these days...forget dying children, personal benefits are more important to these people. Makes me sick

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