PMA demands coronavirus risk allowance
They said over 8,000 cases of novel COVID-19
MUZAFFARGARH: Multan and Muzaffargarh Presidents of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) have called on the government to provide risk allowance for doctors and paramedics in Punjab to the likes of that offered in Sindh.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, PMA Multan President Dr Abdur Rauf Hiraj and PMA Muzaffargarh President Dr Ahsan Hashmi said coronavirus had spread across Punjab in the past couple of months ringing alarm bells for the medical fraternity busy in treating coronavirus patients.
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They said over 8,000 cases of novel Covid-19 had been reported, affecting at least 5,000 doctors and paramedics.
They said Punjab government had announced a risk allowance for some special doctors which was not enough.
“PMA demands indiscriminate risk allowance for all doctors and their helping staff particularly in public hospitals,” the PMA presidents said. They also requested the government to provide N-95 masks, gloves, sanitizers and other medical facilities to hospital staff to enable them to work in safe environment.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2020.