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Patients left helpless as young doctors' strike enters fifth day

12:10 PM | 5 Aug, 2017
Patients left helpless as young doctors' strike enters fifth day
LAHORE - Patients in several hospitals of Punjab are subjected to hardship as angry young doctors are not ready to call off their strike, which entered the fifth day on Saturday.

Young Doctors Association, a body of junior doctors, launched a protest on Tuesday (August 1) to press its demands regarding revoking Central Induction Policy and increasing salaries and allowances. The association has also demanded to expel health secretary, Najam Ahmad Shah.

Hospital working at emergency wards, OPDs and other departments of hospitals had been crippled in Faisalabad, Lahore, Rahim Yar Khan and other cities by the doctors.

The new and already admitted patients are looking for doctors to get treatment, but they are unable to find help.

Reportedly, some patients have succumbed to their ailments due to the absence of the young doctors, who make up a large part of hospital workforce.

Following the strike by the young doctors, the authorities have called all senior doctors directing them to report for duty as soon as possible.

The government also held talks with protesting doctors but the standoff could not be resolved. Later, the  Health department suspended the absent doctors in Lahore and Multan, and issued notices to others.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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