Protesting lady health workers to march on Parliament House
Lady health workers stage a sit-in at D-Chowk.–File photo
As deadlock persisted in negotiations between the government and the lady health workers protesting at D-Chowk in Islamabad, the protesters announced they would march on Parliament House at 9pm.
Lady health workers’ representative Rukhsana Akhtar said they would march on Parliament House because the government was not serious in addressing their demands.
After this announcement, the local authorities have brought in ladies police, water canons, teargas and Rescue 1122 to deal with any violent situation in the federal capital. Rukhsana Akhtar, central president of the National Health Programme Employees Federation, will lead the march on Parliament House.
The protesting lady health workers declared the 10-point agenda of their protest once again on Friday. According to the agenda, the lady health workers want the government to restore the Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health and develop a uniformed health policy at the national level. The other demands include service structure for health department employees, across the board increase in salaries to the level of health staff of other provinces, and security for health workers during the polio campaigns.