LHWs warn to boycott polio immunization campaign

HYDERABAD:The Lady Health Workers (LHWs) have warned of boycotting the next polio immunization campaign in Sindh if their unpaid salaries for the months of July to September would not be released without further delay.

Addressing a press conference at Hyderabad press club on Thursday the Sindh Lady Health Workers Employees Union also announced that they would hold a sit-in which would precede the work boycott. The union’s president Haleema Zulqarnain told that the sit-in protest would be organized in Hyderabad on Oct 17, a day before Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has scheduled to hold its public meeting in Hyderabad.

“The sit-in will continue for the following days and from Oct 30 we will boycott the polio campaign if our demand is not accepted,” she warned.

Shama Gulani, union’s general secretary, held the Sindh Health Department responsible for the problems being confronted by the LHWs. According to her, the officials were delaying giving formal approval for release of the salaries for LHWs of 16 districts of Sindh for which the lists of LHWs had been finalized.

She added that the list of the LHWs being appointed by the provincial health department were under process. She claimed that around 24,000 LHWs were currently affected due to non-payment of salaries.