Special package for healthcare workers: Mirza

SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza said on Friday that the government is preparing a special package for heathcare workers, who are frontline fighters in the battle against the coronavirus.

The package would entail financial assistance, protection and training for healthcare workers, while those who died on duty while be given compensation through the ‘Shuhada package’.

Dr Mirza said that the government held a consultation with experts regarding the package, as the frontline workers’ safety and financial assistance is a priority.

He said that three percent of the medical staff in Pakistan is affected from the virus and the treatment of the workers’ family members should be done on priority basis.

Mirza said that along with the cooperation from China, 5000 healthcare workers will receive training, adding that the staff can also register their complaints via 1166 helpline. As of today, the nationwide cases crossed 128,300 with more than 2,400 deaths.