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Bamyan Doctors on Hunger Strike

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BAMYAN – Doctors and medics at a 100-bed hospital in central Bamyan province on Sunday went on a hunger strike against what they called the sacking of two specialists, officials said. They said Dr. Ramzia Haidari, a gynecologist, and Dr. Anwar, surgery ward specialist, were fired lasts week, causing a shortage of senior doctors. The doctors warned if the specialists were not reinstated, they would continue their strike.

Mohammad Naeem, a physician, told Pajhwok Afghan News the specialists were urgently needed, because doctors from other provinces were unwilling to come to Bamyan due to lack of facilities. He said: “We are on strike, because no one has the right to dismiss doctors summarily and ignore the needs of the hospital and the public at large.” He warned if the situation persisted, all hospital doctors would be replaced with juniors.

But Dr. Shafiq, the country director of Agha Khan Health Service in Kabul, said the doctors’ contracts had expired. As a result, other specialists were being sent to the hospital to replace them, he explained. The specialists were being transferred and posted assigned by the Agha Khan Health Service, he said, insisting the hospital had dozens of doctors and medics. Shafiq said they had been informed about the hunger strike and had shared the issue with provincial health officials. (PAN)

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