RAWALPINDI, Aug 2: Lady health workers (LHWs) protested in front of the District Health Authority on Aug 26 against the diversion of their duties from the polio vaccination drive to the anti-dengue drive.
They said that if they do not work for the anti-dengue drive the health department stops their salaries.
More than 50 health workers gathered outside the authority’s offices, and carried placards inscribed with their demands. They were led by Samina Noreen and Yasmeen Bibi.
Speaking to the press, the protesters said they were hired as lady health workers for the polio vaccination drive, but were forced to work for the anti-dengue drive, which was against the rules.
They said that if they did not work for the anti-dengue drive, health authority officials stopped their salaries, adding that according to the rules they would do duties for the service for which they were hired.
When contacted, District Health Authority CEO Dr Fayyaz Butt said he had not been aware of the matter regarding the health workers’ diversion of duties, but the issue was resolved when he met with the protesters after the demonstration.
He said the health workers’ salaries would be released on Aug 28, and he had taken notice of the issue and asked the relevant officials to work according to the rules.
Published by Daily Dawn on Aug 27, 2017