PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is working on a package for the families of the healthcare professionals who lost their lives while performing their duties.

This was stated by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan during a meeting with a delegation of Insaf Doctors Forum (IDF) on Monday. During the meeting, matters related to reforms initiatives in health sector and issues faced by doctors community came under discussion.

The meeting was also attended by KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, provincial lawmakers Dr Sumaira Shams, Rabia Basri, Asia Asad and other relevant officials.

The delegation of doctors appreciated the step of the KP government for extending Insaf Cards for free of cost medical treatment to the entire population of KP and making the establishment of Peshawar Institute of Cardiology (PIC) possible. The quick action of the KP government to identify lapses and action against negligent officials in Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) was also appreciated.

The chief minister said the Health Department had been tasked to work out a feasible plan for effective utilisation of the existing buildings of Health Department in merged tribal district with the aim to ensure the provision of basic healthcare facilities to the people at their doorsteps.

Mahmood Khan said that strengthening the healthcare system of the province was the priority of the KP government. He said reforms initiatives are being introduced in the Health Department after consultations with all stakeholders to enable it effectively deal with the emerging challenges.

The doctors expressed satisfaction on the reforms initiatives being introduced in health sector and assured full cooperation to the provincial government.

According to Young Doctors Association (YDA), 1,160 doctors and 410 nurses have contracted coronavirus so far in KP while playing the role of frontline force against the pandemic. Four nurses have also died of corona in KP. As many as 1,150 members of paramedical staff and Class-IV employees working in different hospitals have also contracted coronavirus.

Doctors are at increased risk of contracting coronavirus as they come in contact with various infected persons in hospitals. Shortage of protective equipment at government hospitals make them even more vulnerable.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) said in a statement that 2020 was an unfortunate year not only for Pakistan but for the whole world due to pandemic of COVID-19.

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