LAHORE: At least three patients including a girl child lost their lives due to an ongoing young doctors’ sit-in on The Mall of the walled city which entered its fourth day on Friday.
The 18th day of the young doctors’ strike followed by a sit-in after the provincial government officials failed to give an ear to their issues has been taking a heavy toll on the already distressed patients.
However, after three patients died due to continued negligence and stubbornness of the young doctors, the government official on Thursday initiated a crackdown against them.
Health officials in Punjab have decided to suspend at least 19 temporary nurses while transferring a few permanent nurses to other hospitals.
The young doctors’ protest suffered a setback when a majority of them resumed their duties at the Mayo Hospital after MS of the Lahore hospital threatened to deploy new doctors in their places.
The emergency ward and the outpatient department of the hospital remained opened and operational yesterday after annoyance triggered over the death of a girl child and when senior doctors took charge.
Refusing to move from The Mall unless their demands are met, few of the young doctors were still protesting on Friday but their number was reducing with lowering temperatures and mounting pressure from the government.
It was not the first time that young doctors were protesting in Lahore as on several occasions in the past as well they have shutdown emergencies and wards, forcing authorities to meet their demands.