Punjab Doctors and Paramedic Staff strike against inadequacy of PPE
Recently, many Pakistani doctors and nurses have gone on hunger strike due to non-availability of protective gear equipment to treat COVID-19 patients. The doctors are demanding the government to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line medical staff.
According to Young Doctor’s Association, more than 150 health workers have tested positive for the virus country wide. Doctors have been complaining about shortage of the protective equipment for weeks which led to arrest of 50 doctors in Quetta, during a protest.
Doctor Salman Haseeb, who is the head of Grand Health alliance and is organizing the protest has declared that he won’t rest until the government gives in to their demands. He is of the view that if front line medical staff is not being protected, then the rest of population is definitely at a greater risk to contract the virus. The alliance stated that 30 doctors and nurses are on strike whereas a medical staff of 200 joins them daily for demonstrations.
Punjab’s health workers are adamant upon furnishing adequate quarantine facilities for the infected medical staff and are supporting the alliance. Lately, more than 3 dozen doctors, nurses and paramedics contracted the novel virus in a hospital in Multan city, while seven members of a doctor’s family got infected in Lahore.
The YDA’s chairman, Khizer Hayat, also proclaimed that medical staff will not walk out of their jobs as a protest. They will arrange strikes to demand justice for their community.
LHC dismisses petition filed by Doctors
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court dismissed the petition filed for non-availability of personal protection equipment. The LHC imposed fine on the petitioners for wasting court’s time as the petition had been filed with malafide intentions without any solid evidence to gain cheap publicity.
The order stated that undoubtedly medical profession is very honorable and doctors are risking their lives to treat COVID-19’s patients. But at the same hand, the shortage of PPE is a problem which is faced by even developed countries as well. At the moment, doctors are serving humanity but they should take caution while discussing and agitating against anything.