Doctors suggest govt restrict congregational prayers during Ramadan
The prominent doctors on Wednesday,of the country requested the government to re-asses the recent decision regarding congregational prayers in the mosques. In wake of the 20 point agreement between the government and the religious scholars, announced by the President Alvi last week, the congregational prayers in mosques have resumed around the country.
The doctors have forewarned the government that allowing prayers in larger numbers will have lethal aftermath as the number of COVID-19 patients is already rising in the country. They also stated that the virus will not differentiate between humans based on their religious or moral activities. Furthermore, they requested the business community to keep the markets, non-essential shops closed and observe patience for the time being till the danger of Coronavirus has passed.
The doctors acknowledged the agreement between the government and Ulema, however they raised strong reservations based on the recent observations. Videos have been doing rounds on social media during last 48 hours in which more than 80% of the people attending prayers were aged above 50 yrs! This is the violation of the key point of the agreement and will lead to spread of the deadly disease in the most vulnerable group of the population. As Ramadan is approaching, people will be in attendance for longer Taraweeh prayers which will expose them to even bigger chances of contamination.
In their statement, the doctors stated that allowance of congregational prayers will exponentially increase the number of COVID-19 affectees. This will exert even more pressure on the already collapsing health care system. They also added that limiting the attendance for prayers in mosques has no likelihood of causing harm to reputation of Ulema rather it will eventually lead to loss of great number of lives of our fellow citizens which can be prevented.
Lastly, they appealed to the government to restore the original decision in which only 5 number of Namazis in a mosque were allowed at a time, in the best interest of public health and safety.