'Remain steadfast and patient': Army chief orders dispatch of medical equipment to Quetta

Doctors and paramedics are frontline soldiers in this war, says Gen Bajwa

​ Our Correspondent April 07, 2020
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR/FILE

The Pakistan Army on Tuesday said emergency supplies of medical equipment, including personal protection equipment (PPE), is being dispatched to Quetta on orders of Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Doctors and paramedics are frontline soldiers in this war,” said the army chief while referring to the country’s efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

General Bajwa further said that most advanced nations and governments are finding it difficult to fight the pandemic.

Asking the nation to remain patient and steadfast during this “hour of distress”, the army chief said the government is striving hard to acquire and supply the required resources.

On Monday, doctors and paramedics protested in Quetta against the shortage of personal protection equipment vital to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Police used heavy-handed tactics to disperse the crowd and arrested scores of medical professionals.

As of today, doctors in the provincial capital have refused to work in government hospitals.