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Doctors’ strike in Karachi claims two children lives

KARACHI: The young doctors’ strike in Sindh for the last four days claimed two children lives on Saturday in Karachi.

Two children died on Saturday morning after they were not provided medical treatment at National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi due to the young doctors’ strike.

Doctors in government hospitals across Sindh are on strike for the fourth consecutive day to press the provincial government to accept their demand of pay raise.

The doctors are adamant to continue their protest despite the tragic death of the two children till the acceptance of their demands.

Meanwhile, NICH head Dr Jamal Raza denied that the children died owing to the doctors’ strike. “Both the children were admitted in the ward — one was mentally challenged and the other was suffering from pneumonia.”

OPDs and elective operation theatres (OTs) of  Civil Hospital, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases are shut owing to the strike.

Hospitals in Thatta, Jaccobabad and other districts of the province are also staging protests and on strike.