Government announces support package for healthcare workers

support package for healthcare

The federal government has announced a comprehensive seven-point support package for the frontline healthcare workers.

As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths is increasing day by day around the globe as well as in Pakistan, the government of Pakistan introduced a comprehensive support package for forefront healthcare workers in the country.

Till now, the country has reported 144,478 coronavirus cases and national fatalities tally has reached 2,729 with 87 deaths recorded during the last 24 hours and new cases recorded are 5,248. 53,721 people have so far recovered from the virus. Total tests conducted so far are 897,650 with 29,085 coronavirus tests been conducted around the country yesterday.

The support package was announced after the health professionals raised the demand. Hundreds of HCWs are so far infected with the disease while serving humanity and many sacrificed their lives.

Dr. Zafar Mirza the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health said that support packages have been announced for seven areas including healthcare, financial, training, and recognition at the national level.

He further said, “Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), including N-95 masks, will be provided to all frontline healthcare workers. Pakis­tan Electro­nic Media Regu­latory Authority and other stakeholders will lay down a code of conduct for print/electronic media to restrain them from character assassination of HCWs,”

Moreover, SAPM said that it was imperious to train frontline HCWs in critical care management of coronavirus and this is why the staff of public and private hospitals will be trained. The helpline 1166 had been configured, He said.

He added, “Moreover, it has been decided that when needed, testing of Health Care Workers will be prioritized and provision of specialized medicines for the treatment of all infected HCWs will be ensured. Families of healthcare workers will be treated [free of cost] in hospitals on panel”.

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