Asad Umar faces pay-less angry doctors in Karachi

By: News Desk      Published: 03:58 PM, 18 Jul, 2020
Asad Umar faces pay-less angry doctors in Karachi

Planning, Development and Special Initiative Minister Asad Umar faced an awkward situation during his visit to a hospital in Karachi on Saturday when doctors encircled him and protested over not getting salaries, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Asad was on a visit to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for inspecting the ward dedicated to the coronavirus patients. The protest came as he was about to leave the health facility. He later inquired why they were not being paid.

He had arrived in the port city to attend a special meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) at the Chief Minister’s House which discussed the latest situation related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said the NCOC had fared well during the pandemic, adding that the Sindh government had imposed selective lockdowns at coronavirus hot-spot areas throughout the province.

Discussing the safety precautions for cattle markets in the city, Murad said the authorities have banned the sale of sacrificial animals at public places, which could only be bought at the places designated by the government. “Buying and selling of animals in streets have been prohibited,” he added.

Asad said the main objective of bringing the NCOC meetings to provinces was to ensure an improved action against the pandemic. The work done by provincial governments had helped to control the pandemic, he noted.

He said that the federal government was working together with provincial governments in the battle against COVID-19.

The chief secretaries of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir attended the meeting on a video link.

The NCOC had formulated the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Monday regarding cattle markets and imposition of smart lockdown in several places of the country ahead of Eidul Azha.

The forum was told that around 700 cattle markets will be functioning across Pakistan on the eve of Eidul Azha.