Five months late: Unpaid health workers warn of protest

Around 26,000 workers in Sindh, including 1,650 from Khairpur district, have not been paid for the last five months.


Mithal Khuhro August 07, 2012

KHAIRPUR:


The lady health workers of Khairpur district started a protest against the delay in payment of their salaries and warned of a province-wide protest if the issue was not resolved.


Around 26,000 workers in Sindh, including 1,650 from Khairpur district, have not been paid for the last five months.

A reprsentative, Haliman Laghari and Shahnaz Abro, warned that the protest would spread across Sindh if their demands were not met immediately. They also complained that despite the announcement by Federal Minister Khursheed Shah two months ago, the notification of permanent orders has not been issued as yet.

“The workers completed the department’s tasks, including vaccination in remote areas, but they are still denied their rights,” said Laghari and Abro while speaking to Sindh Express. They added that majority of the workers were dependent on their salaries and were facing financial difficulties. “They [the workers] will not be able to celebrate Eid if they don’t get paid on time.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.

COMMENTS (1)

Riaz Haq | 9 years ago | Reply

Dr. Donald Thea, a Boston University researcher and author of a study on healthcare in Pakistan that was published in the British Medical Journal Lancet last year, described Pakistan Lady Health Workers Program as the "best community-based health program in the world". Significant timely expansion in the LHW program and making it more effective can still help Pakistan get close to its MDGs on important health indicators like the infant mortality rate (IMR) and the maternal mortality rate (MMR). It's unfortunate that these poor women who should be our heroes are being so badly neglected.

http://www.riazhaq.com/2011/11/pak-lady-health-workers-best-in-world.html

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