Khyber Pakhtukhwa LHWs, LHVs protests for regularisation
PESHAWAR (Monday, March 19, 2012) : Lady Health Workers (LHWs) on Monday staged protest here as well as in other cities of the province to ask the authorities for regularisation of their services and payment of salaries.
Carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demands, the protesters chanted slogans against the government and threatened to widen the scope of the protest if their demands were not met forthwith.
Speaking on the occasion, their representatives said they had been serving as LHWs since 1994 on temporary basis but their services were not being regularised. They said that around 14,000 LHVs were working against temporary posts throughout the province.
NOWSHERA : Hundreds of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and their supervisors staged a protest on Monday and blocked the Grand Trunk Road for traffic for hours asking the government for payment of their salaries withheld for the last six months.
More than 800 LHWs led by Zakia Bibi, Kosar Bibi and Rajmeen Bibi flanked by office-bearers of various political parties in Nowshera district assembled outside the Press Club and proceeded to the busy Shobra Chowk chanting slogans against the government. The women were demanding removal of Dr Ihsanullah Turabi and reinstatement of the PPIU Naeem who they said was victimised for raising the issue of payment of LHWs’ salaries.
They alleged Dr Turabi was an accomplice of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who launched fake polio vaccination drive in Abbottabad while spying for the American CIA to locate Osama bin Laden. They accused Dr Turabi of using indecent language against the LHWs and asked the government to remove him from his post. They asked the government to explain as why they were being tormented and not paid for the services they had been providing for the last several months to the public.
The protesters threatened to boycott the coming Mother and Child Health campaign and next polio vaccination drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if their salaries for the last six months were not released to them.
BANNU : LHWs of National Programme for Family Planning and Basic Health Centres staged protest against non-payment of salaries on Monday. Led by Rozina, about 500 ladies health workers took out protest procession against the government for not paying them salaries for the five months.
Speaking on the occasion, Arveen, Arifa Rehman, Nasira Bibi and Fahmida Khan said they were performing their duties in the far-flung areas but were not getting salaries. They asked the government to reinstate the sacked superintendent, Qazi Muhammad Naeem and threatened to launch province-wide protest if the government failed to meet their demands.
MINGORA SWAT : LHWs on Monday staged a protest outside the Press Club here against the non-payment of their salaries. Scores of LHWs holding placards and banners in favour of their demands chanted slogans against the government for non-payment of salaries. They complained that they had not been paid salaries regularly after their services were handed over to the provincial government.
The protesters said that they had not received salaries for the last five months. They said that they had been participating in the anti-polio drives but had not been paid for their services. They asked the government to release their withheld salaries.
MARDAN : Scores of Lady Health Visitors (LHVs), LHWs and Lady Health Supervisors (LHSs) on Monday staged protest outside the Mardan Press Club here Monday. The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands.
Led by the Provincial President Lady Health Worker Association Alina Iftikhar, provincial General Secretary Shah Rukh and others, the protestors criticised the authorities for their indifferent attitude towards their problems. They threatened to launch a province-wide strike for indefinite time if government did not fulfil their demands. They complained they had not been paid salaries for the last five months.