The deadly coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill, created a bubble of fear and uncertainty, damaged the physical and mental health of almost everyone, and severely affected the national and global economies.
However, there has been an unexpected positive impact of the pandemic, a blessing in disguise for the patients in Pakistan, as doctors have refrained from observing any strikes during COVID-19, despite facing many challenges and issues.
Dr. Zubair Zahir, the chairman of Provincial Doctors Association (PDA), said, “We have very pressing issues for the resolution of which we are requesting the health department from time to time but there is no response. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, we were to observe strike and close down the hospitals but for the past one year, we have been performing our duty, especially to deal with the virus”.
He said that even though the association was under pressure to go on strike and compel the government to resolve their problems, the health professionals will serve the patients as long as the pandemic continues.
According to the recent report by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (MNHSR&C) Islamabad, coronavirus infected 14,484 healthcare workers in Pakistan, of which 3,370 hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
“Of the infected people, 94 percent have recovered and performed their duty as usual. The Peshawar-based hospitals are home to 90 percent of COVID-19 patients, but our staff is bravely taking part in their management,” said the PDA chief.
He urged the government to understand their devotion to their profession and mitigate their problems.