Doctors’ genuine grievances to be addressed: Dr. Mirza


ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza has said that the government will address genuine grievances of doctors treating coronavirus patients.
The incumbent government is well aware of problems of the paramedical staff including nurses, technicians, and doctors, he further said.
Demand of doctors addressing press conferences to coerce the government for complete lockdown is not a feasible option, he said adding that a complete shutter down would add miseries for the daily wagers and labor community. However, he said social
distancing and other precautionary measures, besides a strict lockdown in the areas where coronavirus patients have been detected, could be possible for protection of the community living there.
To a question about political motives behind such conferences being held by doctors, he rejected the perception of some elements in that regard.
He appreciated the paramedical staff, doctors and nurses for playing front line role in treating the patients of this spreading virus around the world.
To another question, he said the government in consultation with religious scholars and Ulema has permitted the administration in the mosques to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), besides other precautionary steps given to them, for safety and security of people visiting mosques to offer prayers.
He further stated that Pakistan is a poor country and a complete lockdown would open new challenges for poor segment of society. – TLTP