The scourge of Covid-19 has affected more than 100 doctors serving in three government hospitals – DHQ, Allied, and General Hospital Ghulam Muhammadabad; it has alleged that the district administration is responsible for such a state of affairs.
Supporting their claim, they informed that the new wards had been set up at the DHQ and allied, but have no precautionary measures, even though there are sufficient beds – around 190 out of 250 – available at the General Hospital for the Covid-19 treatment.
Dr. Muhammad Irfan, secretary of Pakistan Medical Association, Faisalabad, also revealed the fact that a majority of the doctors were not given the personal protective equipment due to which they contracted the virus. He said the doctors, those looking after the coronavirus patients, tried their best to keep themselves protected but failed to do so, fearing that the spread would not be controlled if the matter – provision of PPE – will not be taken seriously.
The doctors also complained that treating the patients at the General Hospital was a conducive strategy to control and restrict the virus, but apportioning patients in three hospitals worsen the situation.
Dr. Adnan Shakir, secretary of Young Doctors Association Faisalabad, also raised the same issue of setting up beds at the Allied and the DHQ hospitals when sufficient beds were available at the General Hospital.
He also raised a question as to why doctors in Faisalabad are more prone to the virus than those of other districts.
In response, an official of the FMU said they had set up in two hospitals because of two reasons – first, the authorities were perturbed due to the deteriorating health of doctors and paramedic staff, and secondly, more wards were required to treat the patients. And, according to him, the decision of shifting the increasing number of serious patients at the Allied and DHQ hospitals was not of the VC, but it was recommended by the COVID management team.