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Retired doctors, medical students are joining the front lines in the fight against Covid-19

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Looking at the tough conditions the country is going through, the final year medical students and retired doctors want to be at the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

The death toll in the country has crossed 1,600 and the total number of cases has crossed 76,000 tally on Monday. This drastic condition is putting extreme pressure on the healthcare system of Pakistan and many hospitals in many cities have reached their maximum capacity.

Final year students and retired doctors across the country may want to serve coronavirus patients and be at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

The shortage of medical personnel or doctors has let the Ministry of National Health Services look to assemble all retired doctors, young house-job doctors, and the final year medical students to treat the rising number of coronavirus infected patients across the country.

In the meeting of National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) held on Sunday, Dr. Zafar Mirza the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health informed the participants that “The ministry was planning to mobilize retired doctors of public sector hospitals, young doctors, doctors on house jobs, and the final-year medical students to cope with the situation”.

Young Doctors Association claimed a couple of days ago of assigning their 80 doctors with duties to serve virus-infected patients. They claimed to perform duties in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) which is the largest hospital in the federal capital Islamabad.

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