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 exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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