Doctors refuse to work in isolation wards in Punjab, demand provision of precautionary equipment first

The reason for their refusal is that the federal government has not provided precautionary equipment to the staff and doctors for protection.

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According to Punjab’s Health Secretary, doctors and paramedic staff from numerous teaching hospitals in Punjab have refused to work in isolation wards. These isolation wards have been made functional for people affected by COVID-19.

The reason for their refusal is that the federal government has not provided adequate equipment to the staff and doctors for protection. The equipment is necessary for prevention as the medical staff is supposed to come in physical contact with the patients having the contagious virus.

“We had asked the Centre to provide us adequate equipment on February the 28th but we haven’t received anything yet,” the secretary said.

The Punjab Health Department has put forth a demand for 107,000 gowns, 150,000 masks and 20,000 gloves. The demand is yet to be fulfilled by the federal government.

The health secretary added that this delay has been caused due to the shortage of equipment in the international market. Medical professionals have demanded the government to immediately send all the needed supplies so they can return to work, as the cases are increasing on a daily basis.

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