Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Young Doctors Association calls off strike, protests in Quetta, Pakistan, as of April 8. Lingering disruptions, further actions possible.

This alert affects Quetta

This alert began 08 Apr 2020 05:10 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Apr 2020 18:30 GMT.

  • Incident: Doctor strike called off
  • Location(s): Quetta (map)
  • Start Time/Date: April 6
  • Impact: Possible lingering medical service disruptions, protests

Summary
The Young Doctors Association (YDA) has called off a strike in Quetta, as of April 8. The action, which began April 6 to demand equipment to protect medical staff against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), ended after talks with government officials. The work stoppage and related protests led to over 100 arrests and disruptions to medical services in Quetta.

Lingering disruptions to public health services could last through April 8, as doctors and paramedical workers involved in the strike return to work. Additional protests may occur in the coming days if authorities fail to fulfill their promises. Potentially violent demonstrations may happen at hospitals, government offices, and public squares. Strikes are also possible, affecting the availability and speed of medical services.

Advice
Confirm all medical appointments, including the availability of services at private clinics, due to the potential for increased demand. If possible, contact healthcare facilities in advance for information about wait times, which could vary among hospitals and clinics. Ensure travel medical insurance includes coverage for medical evacuation. Avoid all protests and allow additional time for ground transportation near rally sites.