Young doctors of Gilgit-Baltistan have formed Young Doctors Association with the aim to “work in collaboration and fight for their rights,” the association announced.
According to reports, Dr. Muhammad Hussain was elected as president of the association during a meeting at a hotel in Gilgit. Young doctors from across GB participated in the meeting.
Dr. Hussain told reporters that they have called for a protest on Dec. 16. against the government’s negligence of benefits for the young doctors of GB. The association announced that they had demanded perks and benefits equal to the young doctors in other regions of Pakistan, but so far the government has remained indifferent to their plea.
Dr. Hussain further said that the medical profession is a noble one, but is given very little importance in Pakistan. He added that due to the negligence of the government, the medical profession has suffered a lot and this has provided the private sector the opportunity to expand in the region.
The association members also noted that former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani had announced the establishment of medical college in GB, but unfortunately the announcement never materialized. Dr. Hussain said the project has lagged behind due to the shortage of doctors in GB.