Pakistan said 480 health workers tested positive | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: A prominent health official in Pakistan said as many as 480 health workers had tested positive for the corona virus throughout the country.
“The safety of our frontline health workers is a matter of concern to us,” said Zafar Mirza, who advises the prime minister on health matters, at the military-backed National Command and Operations Center in Islamabad.
The National Command and Operations Center was established by the government recently amid an increase in corona virus cases, which recorded 15,289 cases and 335 deaths.
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Mirza said they had supplied the needed personal protective equipment to doctors and other paramedical staff who handled coronavirus cases at government hospitals.
There are more than 220,000 doctors and around 144,000 nurses in Pakistan, but Mirza said they would provide personal protective equipment only for those who treat coronavirus patients. He said every health worker who died from treating a coronavirus patient would be given a “martyr” status in addition to helping their family finances.
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Around 8,500 people are tested a day in a country of 220 million people.

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