Employees hold demo against NICVD order for vacating quarters


Employees of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the hospital administration’s order to vacate the residential quarters.
The NICVD administration had asked its employees living in the residential quarters located on the hospital premises to vacate the quarters by January 31; otherwise their utility services would be disconnected.
The protesting employees held a demonstration outside the hospital’s main building, demanding the administration to withdraw its decision.
The protesters, while talking to reporters, said that the hospital management had directed the staff to vacate the quarters since the administration wanted to expand the hospital, but was not providing them any alternate residence.
The protesters said that there were almost 80 families living in the quarters for the past many years and they were founding it very difficult to search new abodes. They urged the hospital administration to withdraw its decision or provide them alternate housing facilities before the construction of a new building for the hospital.
The protesters said they were not against development and expansion of the hospital, adding that they performed their duties even during strikes or protests when other employees could not attend their duties.
The protesters demanded the Sindh chief minister and senior officials of the Health Department to take notice of the situation and stop the administration from uprooting the employees from their abodes. NICVD Executive Director Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar was not available for comments.