Parwan doctors go on strike over beating of colleague
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of doctors in central Parwan province went on strike after one of their colleagues was allegedly beaten by illegal gunmen, an official said on Sunday.
Parwan Civil Hospital Director Dr. Abdul Qasim Sangin told Pajhwok Afghan News two armed individuals brought their ailing father to the hospital for treatment on Saturday night.
After the man’s examination, the doctors pronounced the man dead, he said, adding the gunmen threatened one of the doctors and beat another one named Tanin.
Sangin said the man had been seriously injured as result of a family dispute and died on the way to hospital.
“The armed men opened fire inside the hospital and killed one of the patients besides smashing windowpanes,” he alleged, explaining bringing weapons to the hospital was illegal.
Sangin claimed hospital staff had been threatened and roughed up by the gunmen several times -- a problem that neither the governor nor security organs have so far tried to resolve.
The official warned the doctors would not return to work until the government addresses the issue. Dr. Tanin, who was beaten last night, avoided speaking to media representatives.
Meanwhile, provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Mamozai confirmed the thrashing of the doctor. He said the gunmen had been arrested during a police search.
Efforts were underway to prevent such incidents in future and convince doctors to call off their strike, which created problems for patients.
Arzo, a resident of Charikar whose son was suffering from a stomach problem, said she had arrived an hour ago but there was no doctor to treat her son. She asked officials to address the problem as soon as possible.
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