Pakistan defeated and jailed doctors for demanding medical equipment to fight Coronavirus | Instant News


In a shocking incident on Monday, more than 50 doctors were protest in the city of Quetta in Balochistan, Pakistan against the lack of protective equipment to fight the Coronavirus Wuhan was beaten and arrested by police.

A group of 100 medics and paramedics, who demanded basic personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and glasses, held a rally near Quetta’s main hospital. They then demonstrated outside the Chief Minister’s residence.

The police initially used the lathi-charge after several protesters tried to enter the CM residence. Because of this, a fight broke out between the health workers and the police. 53 of them was arrested and detained for hours for “breaking the law.” They were released only after the Balochistan provincial government intervened.

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The protest took place in the background of lack of safety equipment in the country, coupled with the case of 13 doctors who had been diagnosed with the Chinese virus. In March, a doctor and a nurse reportedly died being tested positive for the Chinese virus. The president of the Physicians Association in Quetta, Yasir Achakzai, revealed how the Pakistani government violated official World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines intended to protect doctors and other medical staff.

Provincial government spokesman Liaqat Shehwani, however, stated, “We have assured them that the PPE will be given soon but they are starting to protest.” According to the Ministry of Health, Wuhan Coronavirus has infected 3,277 people and claimed 50 lives so far in Pakistan.

Previously, a series of videos posted by Pakistanis quarantined in the Taftan camp on the border with Iran had spread showing dirty and overcrowded camps. Videos circulating on social media show people sleeping on the floor and in corridors and packed into tents set up in dirty yards. In addition, the Pakistani government did not make an effort to separate sick pilgrims from healthy ones.

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