Citizens take to streets as AIDS spread, medicine go short.


LARKANA -- The members of Larkana Social Forum took out a rally here on Sunday against acute shortage of medicines in government hospitals, ghost employees and outbreak of HIV positive cases in Sindh, specially Ratodero.

The rally was started from Pakistan Chowk, which after marching various roads, terminated at Jinnah Bagh where the participants staged a demonstration. The protesters included Liaquat Mirani, Aijaz Chandio, Dr. Tariq Soomro, Jamil Gaad, Nazim Chandio and Akbar Ahmar Phull.

While addressing the participants, they said that all government hospitals in Larkana were facing acute shortage of medicines due to which all indoor and outdoor patients had to procure drugs out of their pocket in the worst poverty and price hike era.

They said those poor patients, who could not afford to buy medicines from the market, were fast losing their precious lives, but Sindh government and its health department had done nothing yet to provide required medicines to the ailing populace which was highly condemnable act.

They further alleged that many doctors and paramedical staff members were on visa and were not performing their government duties and were just drawing monthly salaries only out of taxpayer's hard earned money which should be thoroughly probed.

They said the government medics (midwives) were also looting innocent people with both hands as they were involved in running their private clinics in their homes by making deliveries which should also be checked.

They said due to negligence of provincial government, the figures of HIV positive cases were constantly rising day by day for which no proper actions had so...

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