PESHAWAR: Jamaat-i-Islami chairman Siraul Haq has expressed concern over the growing number of corona virus patients in the country and urges the government to take practical steps to deal effectively with the pandemic.
Speaking at an event organized by the Al-Khidmat Foundation, a JI charity, here on Tuesday, he requested the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health professionals who are fighting a pandemic on the front lines. He said the government had ignored the sacrifice of doctors and other health workers and forced them to serve patients without proper protective equipment.
Mr Haq suggested the government review the SOP for the burial of the corona virus victims because it had scared people and no one wanted to move to the hospital if there was an illness. He said Covid-19 patients were “treated” like terrorists.
He said many doctors and health workers had sacrificed their lives in carrying out their duties, but the government had not yet paid attention to their problems. Many doctors, he claimed to submit his resignation in protest.
The head of JI said the authorities had banned the entry of ordinary citizens into tourist attractions, but Prime Minister Imran Khan along with his team spent the Idul Fitri holiday in these locations.
He also spoke of the negative impact of the prolonged closure of educational institutions and was concerned that such measures would cause irreparable harm to the education sector. He also expressed his concern over the problems faced by Pakistanis abroad, and called for full support to the people.
The head of JI said the country was facing the worst crisis because of the spread of Covid-19, but the federal and provincial governments had not yet developed the understanding to take concrete steps to deal with the outbreak.
On that occasion, Mr. Haq also distributed Eid al-Fitr gifts among orphans and said that the Al-Khidmat Foundation serves 13,000 children in the country.
The head of the charity province Khalid Waqas Chamkani, former MNA Sabir Hussain Awan, former minister Hafiz Hashmat, and others were also present on the occasion.
Published in Dawn, May 27, 2020
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