Doctors in Ghor threaten en masse resignation
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Doctors in provincial hospital of western Ghor province on Sunday threatened to resign en masse if the government failed to resolve their legitimate wage and holiday issues.
Ghor provincial hospital is the only health centre where patients were not only coming from far-flung areas but also from Faryab, Badghis, and Daikundi provinces.
Dr. Juma Gul Yaqubi, director of the hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News three doctors had already resigned. Of 11 doctors in the major hospital, now the remaining eight also threatened to resign if their demands were not met.
“The hospital lacks a 60% of its personnel and there is mounting pressure on employees,” said Yaqubi.
He added the hospital had the capacity of 100 patients but more than 700 people visited their various sections on a daily basis.
Dr. Mohammad Samadi, another official at the hospital, said the reason three of his colleagues resigned was that they were working more than 20 hours and that was beyond their capacity.
“I was on duty on Thursday and Friday and we had more than 300 patients. It was really difficult to reach to them all,” he noted.
He said the strength of doctors was less, their wages were minimal and some of them couldn’t visit their families for months. He said their salary was 22,000 afghanis that were being spent either on rents or travel expenses.
Fazel Haq Ehsan, provincial council head, said the doctors did not resign because the provincial council members and civil society organizations promised to take their grievances to authorities in Kabul. “If the doctors resign, we will lose a lot of emergency patients.”
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.