ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed dismay over the media reports about maltreatment meted out to Covid-19 patients by some medical staff in the hospitals and said such behavior is intolerable, which creates fear among patients.
Chairing a meeting of the National Health Task Force in Islamabad today, he directed the paramedical staff and doctors to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals with utmost care and responsibility.
The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to chalk out a comprehensive strategy for raising awareness among masses about Covid-19.
He pointed out that coronavirus situation in Pakistan is different as compared to other countries and can be improved by adopting precautionary measures.
Imran Khan urged the citizens to immediately get their tests conducted, if they feel any symptoms of Covid-19.
Briefing the meeting, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Covid-19 Dr. Faisal Sultan said Pakistan is less affected by impacts of coronavirus as compared to other nations, where massive death toll has been witnessed.
The meeting was told that number of coronavirus virus testing labs have increased to 63, which was just four in March. Punjab health minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that soon a standard operating procedure over home quarantine would be announced.
All four provincial health ministers, who attended the meeting via video link, briefed the prime minister about measures taken by them against Covid-19, ongoing treatment of patients in hospitals, and capacity building of laboratories in their respective provinces.