12 KP doctors laid off


KP doctors

PESHAWAR: In a recent move, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) health department has terminated a dozen doctors for prolonged absenteeism.

Termination letters have been dispatched to these medical professionals, and among them are six female doctors, according to spokesperson of the provincial health department.

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The Director General of Health had previously issued notices to all the absentee KP doctors, urging them to resume their duties, said the spokesperson.

The warnings didn’t stop there – notices were also published in two prominent newspapers, making a public call for these doctors to get back to work.

Despite these efforts, it seems the plea fell on deaf ears, leading to the ultimate decision of termination.

Meanwhile in a tragic turn of events, Peshawar has witnessed a surge in pneumonia-related fatalities, with 46 children succumbing to the condition in three prominent city hospitals this month, as reported by hospital officials.

The gravity of the situation is further underscored by the fact that approximately 700 children, afflicted by pneumonia, are flooding the Outpatient Departments (OPD) of hospitals on a daily basis, as confirmed by hospital officials.

LRH, in particular, is grappling with an overcapacity of children requiring treatment for pneumonia. Hospital authorities express concern over the majority of affected children hailing from suburban areas.

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