Healthcare professionals demand risk allowance, safety gadgets | Pakistan Today

Healthcare professionals demand risk allowance, safety gadgets

-Kambar Taluka Hospital MS distributing PPEs, masks etc. to relatives instead of working doctors

KARACHI: Representatives of various bodies comprising doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have expressed deep concern about the unavailability of personal protective equipment in public sector hospitals of the country, particularly in Sindh, and demanded the provision of safety equipment to medical staff working in healthcare facilities.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary General Dr S.M Qaisar Sajjad, while talking to PPI, said that the unavailability Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in public hospitals all over Pakistan could rein in a bigger disaster.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics are treating patients at the cost of their and their respective family’s lives. Several of them have already been tested positive for coronavirus as they were not provided safety equipment,” he lamented, adding that this situation would make medics reluctant to continue their jobs

Appreciating the federal and Punjab government for announcing special high-risk allowance equal for doctors, nurses, medical staff and other technicians engaged in the treatment of coronavirus patients, Dr Qaiser emphasised that it was also their responsibility to provide PPEs to medics.

Dr Qaiser requested all paramedics and doctors to follow preventive measures as per the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guideline and refrain from examining corona positive patients without PPEs.

Talking to PPI, Sindh Paramedical Staff Welfare Organisation (SPSWO) Chairman Javed Mirza demanded of the Sindh government to also announce special high-risk allowance for medical professionals in the province.

He said medical staff should be given transport facility, travel, utility allowances and personal protective equipment as they are served by putting their lives in risk.

Young Nurses Association (YNA) Central Leader Sindh Aijaz Kelari; however, appealed to the prime minister for and chief ministers of all provinces to provide safety kits to medical staff serving so they may render their services for battling the pandemic as well.

He said doctors, nurses and paramedics staff as medical force urgently needed personal protective equipment to win the war against coronavirus.  “Working nurses also need transport facility to reach hospitals as the unavailability of public transport has created problems for them to report to duty in a lockdown situation,” he added.

He demanded for health professional and special high-risk allowance for nurses working day and night in hospitals for treatment of Coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, staff nurses and paramedical staff of Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) also demanded the provision of PPEs.

The paramedics association held a general body meeting outside the Outpatient Department (OPD) block and warned of quitting government duties if they are not provided PPEs. “We are not bound to perform any duty that puts us and our families in danger,” they said.

Speaking on the occasion, Zamir Sangi, Munwar Mangi, Jabbar Narejo, Ghulam Hussain Langah and others said that they had been demanding PPEs, sanitizers, hand gloves, N95 masks and soap for hand-washing and kits since day one but the administration was reluctant to supply them the required preventive material which was a must for performing medical duties as they were constantly working in different wards.

Paramedics of Kambar Taluka Hospital also protested against the non-supply of PPEs and demanded of the Sindh government to order the hospital’s medical superintendent (MS) to handover required PPEs, as according to them, MS was distributing the material among his relatives and friends.