KARACHI: The young doctors of Civil Hospital Karachi have announced to go on strike from Thursday after working for five consecutive months without a salary.
Running a household or even managing your personal expenditures for five months without a salary is excruciatingly torturous and unimaginable, so it seems legit to go on strike amid such a precarious situation. But the way, as also mentioned by Dr Faiza Ejaz in a long but quite reasonable post on her social media account, the media treats the protest it defames the same people who are supposed to be victims in these circumstances.
Referring to electronic and social media, Dr Faiza Ejaz said they would slander them and discredit their work.
“We have been working unpaid since April 2019. That is five months of unpaid labor. 5 months of working in a government hospital most of you wouldn’t even step in so terrible are the conditions therein. 5 months of putting our own lives in literal danger by treating patients with highly infectious diseases with minimal resources,” she wrote.
She said in public hospitals when staff was short they had to work as nurse, in absence of attendant of the patient they served as attendant and they had to even sometimes perform the duties of a ward boy, when none was around.
The junior doctor said they were given several deadlines sometimes promising that salary would be given in a week or two, but it never happened. She said they had lost any hope now after contacting all the high-ups in the Sindh government.
She admitted that they were aware about suffering of patients and, she said, nobody felt it as much as they did, but they were left with no choice as their own survival was not possible in this situation.
“All emergency and ICU services at the Civil Hospital will resume as usual. Senior doctors will remain in wards as usual. Patient will remain uncompromised to the best of our efforts. All we ask is for support from the civil society,” she said.