KECH: Violence against health care workers is both a national and a global problem. But in poor countries like Pakistan, these health care workers are being killed and tortured. According to a report more than 8,098 cases in Pakistan have been reported and 774 people have lost their lives. These health care workers are being killed in big cities that include Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore.
The health care workers are deprived of their rights. They are being systematically killed by unknown people. According to Pakistan Medical Associate (PMA) in Pakistan almost 128 doctors have been killed from 1995 till 2015.
This issue is being neglected by the government.
Most workers are treated harshly by religious people and uneducated families and parents. This issue is rising from big cities to small towns and villages. In the past years hundreds of health workers were killed but the people in our country do not bat and eye. Without such workers, who will save millions of lives across the country? These health care workers are the bounders of the nation.
It is the responsibility of the government to protect them and it is the duty of every nation to provide them with their due rights. We need to support them through thick and thin because they do a great service to our nation.
Mahtab Abdul Latif
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2019.