KARACHI: The Sindh Young Nurses Association (SYNA) has announced that they will boycott work at hospitals in order to stage a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club from 12 May.
SYNA would be protesting for the approval of its demands, which include the provision of health professional allowances, risk allowances, implementation of a service structure, provision of personal protective equipment and halting transfers.
In a statement, SYNA president Aijaz Kaleri alleged that while the nurses in Sindh were fighting against the COVID-19 on the frontlines, the Sindh health department had continuously been taking action against them.
Aijaz Kaleri further said that the transfer of nurses had become a matter of daily routine in the province. He claimed that “Whenever nurses raise their voices for their rights, they are transferred and posted at a different hospital as revenge.”
Kaleri maintained that though the nurses in the province had been putting their lives at risk due to epidemic, the provincial health department continued to deny them COVID-19 risk allowances or health professional allowances.
He added that those who wished to protest, however, could not join the sit-in at Karachi Press Club could protest at the press clubs of their cities and towns across the province.
SYNA has presented their justified demands to health department officials but were ignored every time. “Nurses are considered the backbone of the health system but the Sindh health department wants to make it disable,” he said.