PMA for PPEs and essential resources for health workers

Karachi: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has stressed upon the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the doctors fighting the COVID-19.

PMA Secretary-General, Dr Qaisar Sajjad has highlight the significance of provision of necessary protective gear to health care workers as they are on the forefront of the efforts to curb COVID-19 spread in the country.

Dr Umer Sultan, chairman Sindh Young Doctors Association (YDA Sindh), stated, “Last night, a patient was transferred from a private hospital to our emergency facility, he died last night and was diagnosed with coronavirus today. The doctors who treated him are now in quarantine for 14 days including the paramedical staff. Who is going to replace them?”
“Save doctors to save patients,” he added.

The YDA Sindh official has requested that the provincial government must distribute the 200,000 PPEs to health care workers on war footing.

Earlier, ten doctors at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi were instructed to self-isolate on the suspect of being infected with COVID-19. In addition to it, two doctors at quarantine centre at Dera Ghazi Khan tested positive for coronavirus.

So far Pakistan has reported one casualty of a health care worker when Dr Osama Riaz, a young physician who was screening patients at Gilgit Baltistan screening centre, passed away after contracting novel virus.