KARACHI: The Sindh government has warned striking doctors across the province of disciplinary action and ordered administrations of all public hospitals to ensure continuation of medical facilities.

In a notification issued earlier, the Health Department warned of initiating legal proceedings against doctors boycotting their duties.

The competent authority has taken serious notice that doctors and other staff are not performing their duties and are on strike throughout the province. Due to their unprofessional attitude, the poor patients are being deprived of proper medical coverage/treatment, resultantly, general public is suffering badly and a few fatalities have also been reported, the notification read.

Necessary action shall be initiated against those doctors who are continuing their strike and not performing their duties willfully in hospital, it added.

Patients across the province are suffering as OPDs are closed for fifth consecutive day here on Sunday.

On Saturday, two children died after they were not provided medical treatment at National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi, as young doctors continued to protest for a fourth day.

arlier, the Young Doctors Association (YDA) called off its strike on 30th January after successful negotiations with the provincial government.

Addressing a press conference at Sindh Assembly building, Murtaza Wahab had said that the talks between the government and protesting young doctors remained successful.

On January 28, doctors across the province went on a strike to protest for a raise in their salaries and allowances. On January 30, reports emerged that the Sindh government and the protesting doctors had reached an agreement, allowing a raise of Rs25,000 to Rs75,000.