Doctors will go on ‘lockdown’ if security is not provided in hospitals
Officials of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Thursday condemned the incident where a policeman shot and injured a doctor on duty at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and warned that if the safety of doctors in hospitals is ensured If not, they will boycott services.
According to a report by Dawn, The officer was shot for allegedly not giving sleeping pills to the doctor, who was suffering from typhoid and was urging medical staff to preserve the pills as he had not been able to sleep for the past few days .
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the association said: “If doctors are not provided security, the medical fraternity will also go on lockdown (strike).”
Saying that patients want doctors to prescribe the medicine of their choice, which they do not even need, the members of the association said that the incident is condemnable and the government should take strict action against the culprits and investigate the case .
While stating that health professionals have no concerns against the people, but not meeting the demands of the medical staff, officials emphasized that doctors are working in hospitals with adverse conditions and safety issues.
The General Secretary of the PMA, Drs. Sajjad Qaiser said, “If incidents like this happen frequently, we may be forced to shut down the OPD.”
Dr. Qaiser also reiterated his demand to implement the 15-day lockdown.
Opposing the government’s decision to impose a “smart” lockdown in a bid to control the virus, health experts said it would not achieve the desired results and that authorities concerned were not handling the coronavirus situation with an effective strategy.
Dr. Quasar commented, “Unless strict lockout is done, there will be no nationwide results. The government should at least follow the recommendation of the World Health Organization.”
Dr. Referring to a press conference by the Premier’s aide on Zafar Mirza’s health, he said that Dr. Mirza should not use the brand names of the drugs in the press conference. He said that it is unethical to name or recommend drugs in public forums because the company is marketed in this way.
“People stock drugs at home after hearing the names in press conferences, therefore, the generic names of the drugs should be officially taken,” emphasized Dr. Qaiser.