Doctors on strike against driver’s kidnapping
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Doctors at the government-run Shindand district hospital in western Herat province on Friday went on strike against the kidnapping of an ambulance driver.
Dr. Allauddin Himmat, director of the Shindand District Hospital, confirmed Pajhwok Afghan News: "Two days after the kidnapping of the driver along with his ambulance, hospital staff has gone on strike."
The driver of the ambulance was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday evening, he recalled, accusing provincial security organs of failing to protecting even civilian public servants.
"We will stop working if the security environment in Shindand remains unchanged," the official warned, saying it was the third time that a hospital driver had been kidnapped along with the ambulance.
He added 36 doctors and assistants, nine of them women, were working at the hospital. "If our security is not guaranteed by the district administration, we will continue to remain on strike."
Provincial council member Noor Mohammad Zarifi confirmed the kidnapping incident. “Doctors at the hospital have refused to examine patients over the past two days," the public representative said.
Residents’ problems would multiply if the strike continued, he said, explaining insecurity in Shindand as the only reason for the protest. Zarifi urged the government to address the protesting doctors’ demand.
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