With the demand for nurses traveling through the roof, recruiting agencies and nurses are feeling the pressure. “I have been a nurse for 10 years, I have never seen anything like this before,” said emergency nurse Abigael Kaszar. “And it’s, I mean, it’s just something for the books.” It’s just crazy. Kaszar works by Aya Healthcare and she has been in three hospitals over the past year, including one in New York at the height of the virus outbreak in the region. Kaszar says she always keeps an eye out for open positions in the ER. By the end of spring, there were a few hundred. Today, there are more than 4,000. Another recruiting agency, Travel Nurse Across America, tells us that facility requests are up 175% year over year. The agency says it’s because hospitals want staff who can intervene directly. hospital to hospital, and understanding and learning the different policies and procedures very, very quickly is difficult. And so these nurses are very talented and can come in and start working in no time, ”said Jill Eliassen, vice president of clinical services at Travel Nurse Across America. Kaszar is now in a hospital in California, where she says the emergency is simply overwhelmed. COVID-19 patients who are discharged cannot always return home, but the other facilities they would normally go to are full, they therefore stay longer in the hospital. The intensive care unit is also filling up: patients with nowhere to go end up in the emergency room, where ambulances and other new patients are still arriving, all of this happening while hospitals attempt to isolate them. COVID-19 patients from others. “It’s just really busy and these people are so sick, and it’s really a big challenge to keep up. It’s an emotional challenge, it’s sad and it’s scary and it’s, I mean, so many of these infections were preventable. You feel so much regret and you feel sad for these people, “Kaszar said. Travel Nurse Across America encourages short breaks between contracts because their nurses are exhausted.” These nurses must also be psychiatrists and counselors and support the family members who are hospitalized with COVID and who cannot be with loved ones, ”said Kathy Kerstiens, senior vice president of client services at Travel Nurse Across America. at least until midsummer, when they can finally get more relief. .
Expressing their anger at the federal cabinet’s approval of the sixth population census held nationwide in 2017, disgruntled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Dr Farooq Sattar and Pak Sarzameen Party chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal on Monday said Karachi residents along with other urban parts in Sindh. deliberately featured less in the census.
In their talks held separately, the two leaders agreed that Karachi’s population is around 30 million and there is an urgent need to review the population census in a transparent manner.
Sattar, who heads the MQM Organizational Recovery Committee, said half of Karachi’s population was lost in the 2017 census. He demanded a new census. In a press conference at his residence at PIB Colony, Sattar said there was ample evidence to prove that the census population figures had been tampered with.
“After the MQM founder and I were reduced, now there is a conspiracy to reduce MQM’s seats in parliament by agreeing to a controversial census,” he said. “About the question [Pakistan People Party’s] Senator Taj Haider regarding the KTP issued in Karachi, Nadra had informed the DPR in 2013 that the city’s population was not less than 22 million, “he said.
“But according to the 2017 census, Karachi’s population has reached around 16 million,” said the veteran politician. “We have petitioned the court at the time regarding the Karachi census figures.”
Sattar said the city’s actual population would help and serve as a benchmark for the original distribution of resources. “It will also assist in solving various civil and administrative problems.”
He said his party would formulate a strategy to oppose the census agreement because it was based on hostility towards Karachi. Sattar said he and PSP head Mustafa Kamal are ready to support Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui for a joint campaign against the “controversial” census agreement if Siddiqui’s party resigns from the ministry.
PSP chief Kamal said the census data in Karachi was not recorded accurately. He also demanded the government to calculate the new population. Criticizing MQM-Pakistan, he said that in previous public opinion polls, Karachi residents had sent them to parliament to recover missing people, solve their problems and protect their rights. “But after joining the coalition government led by Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan, MQM-P has only focused its efforts on enjoying services rather than serving the people. ”
Speaking at a public meeting in North Karachi, he added: “When the federal cabinet approved the controversial census, MQM-P did not take a bold stance on the anti-Karachi issue and is now shamelessly hinting that it will be made public. about the problem. MQM-P has lost its moral and political basis for publication. “
He said rapid urbanization over the past five decades has not only changed the demographics of the country but also gave freedom to oppressed people.
cruel feudal and tribal systems.
“Currently Pakistan’s urban population is 60 to 65 percent and the proportion of rural population is at 30 to 35 percent,” he said. “Rapid urbanization has protected the people from the grips of feudalism, injustice and oppression, and a quiet revolution is expected in Pakistan, but anti-state elements have created barriers, through hatching conspiracies.”
He stated that the feudal lords in the assembly did not allow an honest count of the population because if the enumeration was carried out correctly, the seats of the national and provincial assemblies had to be increased by the same proportion.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement on Sunday renewed its request for Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down on January 31, saying he must “face a long march” by the Opposition to Islamabad.
An alliance of 11 Opposition parties has gathered at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in Larkana to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that if by that date the prime minister did not resign, party workers would march to the capital and “drag him out of his seat”.
‘You are wrong if you think we will step down’ – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the government and all its opponents who think the Opposition will withdraw, only need to look at Bhutto’s grave in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.
He recounts the struggles of his grandfather and uncle, all of whom “sacrificed their lives” but “did not waver from their democratic convictions.”
“Look at the life of Benazir Bhutto, which is spent serving people,” he said.
“Benazir is still alive today in the hearts of everyone, and those who come into conflict with him, their names will be forgotten.
“Ziaul Haq’s tomb lies unattended, and General Pervez Musharraf is living a despicable life abroad,” Bilawal said.
The young PPP leader, who lost his mother at a young age, said that “Benazir’s presence is sorely missed today, and if he were around, these puppets would not dare to compete” with the Opposition.
Bilawal said that “a cloud of oppression is spreading” and that the time for the accountability of the “criminal authorities” is near.
“If you are ready, if you are with me, no power in the world can stop us,” he added.
“If the opposition alliance (PDM) calls for a long march, you have to be ready. We are on the same page and on the same stage,” he said.
Speaking to the workers, Bilawal asked once again: “Are you ready for a long march? Are you ready to fill the prison?”
He further asked if they were ready to reach Islamabad and “drag the Prime Minister from his seat”.
The PPP chairman said the Opposition had come out to war “to overthrow the government and uphold democracy”. “We will repel the puppets with your strength.”
‘Running the country is not like managing a cricket team’ – Asif Ali Zardari
PPP President Asif Ali Zardari in his speech said running the country “is not the same as managing a cricket team”.
“It takes a different mindset to run a country and these people don’t have it,” he said.
“This government will collapse under its own weight,” said Zardari.
He challenged the government to call elections and see who stood behind.
Zardari said the National Accountability Bureau had started “blackmailing” people.
“I said at the assembly on the first day – running the country or running the NAB,” he said.
“There is not a single political prisoner in the PPP government,” said the party president.
He said that in the PPP tenor, commodity prices are low. “We manage the country carefully, like raising children,” he added.
Zardari said that when the rule ended and PML-N came to power “they were welcome”. He said he wanted to see “all political parties on the same page”.
She promises to “meet everyone soon” when she feels better. “This government will not last long. The government you choose will come,” he said.
The former president said he had “removed Musharraf from parliament”. “What does Imran Khan compare?”
“We can get rid of Imran Khan Niazi. We just need to change our approach,” he told the crowd.
“We have to fill the prison and we are ready to do it,” said Zardari.
Maryam said the PDM was united, ‘only one person’
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz began her speech in Sindhi which greatly shocked the audience.
She thanks the hosts for their warmth and hospitality since her arrival in the city.
Maryam said she was saddened that Benazir Bhutto, the Muslim world’s first female prime minister, “had to give up her life” during her struggles and beliefs. She says it is pain she also brings, along with the Bhutto family.
Maryam recalled how, on that dark day, Nawaz Sharif was among the first to be told and how he embraced the PPP leaders and shared their sadness that day.
He says he knows what it means to lose a mother. “Grief is still fresh since two and a half years ago”.
“I can still spend time with my mother but Bilawal lost her mother when she was very young.”
Maryam said she was pouring out her heart like never before today. He remembered fond memories of spending the day with Benazir.
“Benazir fought for his father’s struggles and visions and ended up joining him in the afterlife.”
“I also want to fight for a united Pakistan,” he said.
During PML-N, PPP joined hands
PML-N leadership recalls the forging of the Democracy Charter signed between the PPP and PML-N, a journey initiated by Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto.
“This is not just a part of history, this is an event that changed the fate of Pakistan,” he said.
He vowed that he and Bilawal would not only continue the journey but also push him forward. “The political mistakes committed in the past were exploited by anti-democratic forces.”
Maryam said all political parties then joined forces and not only corrected mistakes but promised not to repeat them.
He said that the results of this move will then be borne out, when the government is ready to finish their term of office.
“In 2008, when there was talk of the PPP government being overthrown, Nawaz Sharif dropped that idea and said that coming and going government is a decision made by the people, not a political party.”
He said “some forces” for which a “divisive and governing” strategy made more sense, then “gathered the splintered fragments from the political party and formed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf”.
Maryam said then “the incompetent” is then “forced on us all”.
‘You are not chosen’
“What does the PDM need to say to that person? He himself said he knew nothing […] he said people shouldn’t take power without preparation.
“I said, no one can come to power without preparation,” said the PML-N leader.
He told Prime Minister Imran Khan, when people “kill themselves out of hunger and despair because of inflation say, ‘What can I do, I don’t have a magic button’.”
“You say that a person cannot take office without preparation, but you are not elected by the masses.
“Those who brought you to power must step down,” he said.
‘Political ideology cannot be isolated’
Maryam said that “the corruptors” were pardoned, while the political leaders “were thrown in jail, shot down and brought to justice”.
“But you can never send to the gallows or alienate political ideology […] that is why, nobody is taking your name, but in every corner of Pakistan, there are people taking the names Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. “
He also paid tribute to the late Judge Waqar Ahmed Seth for convicting General Pervez Musharraf, “who was the murderer of Benazir and the Constitution”.
“The door to Pakistan will inshaAllah always be closed for Musharraf […] We will always remember (Seth’s) courage to uphold the Constitution. We will keep his memory alive, “said Maryam.
The dream of causing drift between PDMs will never come true
Talking about the PDM, according to him, it is a movement that has brought together all provinces under the banner of the constitution.
He said “only one person seemed to stand alone, failed, lost. The culprit sought an NRO from PDM”.
“The dream of a rift between PDM parties will never come true,” said Maryam.
“You are not at war with the PDM but with 220 million citizens,” he said, adding: “Taabedaar Khan, you have lost this battle.”
‘Slap in front of democracy’ – Abdul Malik Baloch
National Party President Abdul Malik Baloch spoke of the parliament “being held hostage” and how farmers were “dying of hunger”.
He also spoke out against what he described as the “occupation” of the Balochistan islands, saying the people did not accept this.
“The current government in power is a slap in the face of democracy,” he added.
‘Sindh-Balochistan relations predate Pakistan’ – Sardar Akhtar Mengal
Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Chairman of the Balochistan National Party Mengal Group, said: “We also love the land of Sindh. The relationship between Sindh and Balochistan predates Pakistan.”
He said that even a “dictatorship” could not break this relationship.
‘Will support Bilawal like a brother’ – Haider Khan Hoti
Awami National Party senior vice president Haider Khan Hoti said he saluted “Bibi” for the sacrifice martyrdom(Benazir Bhutto).
“Zardari sahab, I remember your loyalty to Pakhtuns, “he added.
“The way you support us, I will support Bilawal like a big brother,” said Hoti.
He remembered how Benazir was not afraid to return to the country, despite the various threats to his life.
“Standing at the shrine of the martyrs today, I promise not to leave the line of service,” said the ANP leader.
The arrival of the PDM leader
The Opposition leaders’ visit to Larkana came as the PDM was preparing for the second phase of its anti-government movement.
PPP chairmen Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari received various political leaders when they started arriving in Larkana in the early hours of the morning. This includes the PML-N delegation led by Maryam Nawaz.
The PML-N delegation consisted of Captain (retired) Safdar, Pervez Rashid, Maryam Aurangzeb, Muhammad Zubair, Muftah Ismail, and Shah Muhammad Shah.
PPP leaders Faryal Talpur and Sherry Rehman also joined the PPP delegation in welcoming the PML-N leaders.
PDM leaders were then scheduled to visit Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s grave to pay their respects.
After today’s general meeting, a dinner in honor of PDM leaders will be held at Rumah Bhutto, Naudero.
13th anniversary of Benazir’s death
Benazir, the central figure behind the PPP before her husband Asif Ali Zardari and their son PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took control of the party, were killed in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007.
Garhi Khuda Bakhsh is a village in Larkana that houses the family graves of the Bhutto family – Zulfiqar, Murtaza, and Benazir Bhutto, all buried there.
Benazir was sworn in as Pakistan’s first female prime minister on December 2, 1988. She is also the first woman to lead a Muslim country and has served as the prime minister of Pakistan twice.
The Sindh government has declared a public holiday due to the death anniversary of the former prime minister.
KARACHI: Former Pakistani batsman Shoaib Mohammad has appealed to Army Chief of Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa to help him find a suitable place for the academy launch in the name of his illustrious father.
In a statement on his father’s 86th birthday (Hanif Mohammad was born in Junagadh on 21 December 1934), he said he expected the head of the Army to do something about this because he “was a huge cricket fan and an admirer of my father. and our family.
“It is the dream and very precious wish of the late Little Teacher Hanif Mohammad to establish a cricket academy for future cricket generations who can learn the art of hitting, proper technique, skills and etiquette of the man’s game and serve Pakistan well. possible way, “he said.
Shoaib said that he had been working for the academy for more than three years. “I will also ask and plead with Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah and other respected officials to help me fulfill my father’s dream and organize a proper plot in Karachi for the Hanif Mohammad Cricket Academy,” he said.
“This country has given me and my family a lot of respect, name and fame and I feel it is time for me to give something back to Pakistan. The famous philosopher Aristotle once said, ‘Without giving, man has no inheritance. It is rare for a man to have the opportunity to fulfill his dream and then give back and share his passion through contributing to the future generations of his country. ‘
“I had the opportunity and really appreciate it,” said Shoaib.
He recalled how the whole cricket world mourned Hanif Mohammad’s death in 2016 and paid high tribute to him which was a pride not only for his family but the whole country. “Even the national flag of Great Britain was installed at half-mast on the day of my father’s death which is a great honor for our family and also for Pakistan,” he said.
Shoaib continued by adding: “I deeply feel that people whose accomplishments and accomplishments bring tremendous recognition and respect to Pakistan should be respected in the highest possible way and should not be forgotten. And with God’s grace the achievements of my father and family in the game are second to none.
“I am very proud to be a descendant of the largest cricket family in game history who produced no less than five test cricketers.
“I sincerely hope that my request for a cricket pitch dedicated to my father’s name will be met with a good response. God willing, all our sympathizers and fans will pray for the initial launch of a cricket model academy in the name of the late Hanif Mohammad in Karachi,” said Shoaib.
Karachi residents face sporadic gas blackouts and low gas pressure, making their lives miserable during this winter, as evidenced by an increase in demand for electric geysers by 30 percent and for electric stoves by 15 percent in comparison. for last winter.
Citing these figures, Karachi Electronics Dealers Association President Muhammad Rizwan Irfan told The News that most families had gone to the market in search of electric geysers and electric stoves.
“If people don’t have gas at home, how can they cook?” he said, adding that during winter one needs hot water, and most people in Karachi use gas geysers for that.
Aslam Khan, who works in the electronics market in Ayesha Manzil, said: “Two to three electric geysers are bought from our shop every day.”
He said at least customers, mostly families, came to the market to inquire about prices and producers of electric geysers and electric stoves while complaining about the huge gas load in the city.
Many of the city’s residential and commercial areas have faced gas outages. They include Lyari, Lines Area, Malir, Kota Surjani, Korangi and New Karachi.
Intermittent low gas pressures have been reported in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Golimar, Defense View Phase I, DHA, Clifton, PECHS, Saadi Town, Gulshan-e-Maymar, New Karachi, Quaidabad, North Karachi, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Malir’s Jafar-e-Tayyar, Saudabad, Khokhrapar, Kharadar and Martin Quarters.
Without an adequate gas supply, it is very difficult for an early riser like Muhibullah, a resident of North Nazimabad, to get ready for work. “We don’t have gas supply all night. In the morning, the pressure is very low. Someone needs to shower before going to the office. “
He said that the geysers used in Karachi run mostly on gas, adding that the only time during the day when they receive gas at the right pressure is in the afternoon.
Federal B Area resident Qurat Khan said their gas pressure had been very low over the past few days, so they had no choice but to order food online or take it home. “We don’t even have enough gas pressure to heat up leftovers.” Most of the weddings in Karachi take place in December. Many residents in the East, South and Central districts face problems preparing for a wedding ceremony or making proper wedding arrangements because of the discharge of gas loads.
Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 9 resident Mehtaab Ali, who has held the wedding ceremony at home, said the discharge of the gas cargo was unprecedented for the townspeople. “We have guests from abroad. People need to take hot showers, for that we need an adequate supply of gas. “
She points out that while her family has to spend a lot of money on weddings, they have to pay extra for the electric geysers they rent.
North Karachi Sector 11-A resident Arsalan Ali said they had no gas pressure at all between 11pm and 8am. “Every day, along with dinner, my mother also makes tea and breakfast, which we then heat in the microwave in the morning.”
He regretted that one could not even perform ablution because of the cold weather. “We are worried about the severity of this crisis in January, when usually cold and strong winds blow and demand for gas increases drastically.”
However, Korangi Trade & Industry Association President Danish Khan said they did not face the release of the gas cargo, especially since the government started supplying them CNG (compressed natural gas) mixed with RLNG (regasified liquefied natural gas).
The Southern Gas Company Sui (SSGC) said in a press statement that due to increased gas demand due to cold weather sweeping across the country, the gas company is facing many difficulties in supplying gas to their industrial and residential consumers.
After gas shortages were reported in various parts of the country, SSGC decided to close CNG stations in Sindh and Punjab for the weekend to meet the demand for residential consumers.
The SSGC spokesperson said the CNG station in Sindh would be closed for 24 hours while in Punjab it would remain closed for two days, adding that gas supply for industry via generator connections was also reduced by 50 percent.