- A video on Facebook, of policemen arresting and beating up doctors in Pakistan has caused social media outrage
- The doctors were protesting the lack of personal protective equipment and refused to work in hospitals
- Police then beat up the protesters, comprising of doctors and paramedics with batons
- Amid the coronavirus problem, shortage in PPEs has been a worldwide concern with many frontliners resorting to makeshift PPEs due to shortage
Like any other country today, Pakistan is also experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs).
Theif doctors have already refused to work in hospitals as they don't have any protective gear to use for safety.
As per Rferl, doctors and paramedics did a sit-in on April 6, protesting their lack of PPEs as they treat coronavirus patients.
The incident occurred in the City of Quetta, and the said medical personnel were from Quetta's Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Colege.
Some comments of netizens, mostly citizens of Pakistan were as follows:
Have respect for your doctors.You need them more badly than ever.WHY PUT THEM AT RISK.GET YOUR PPE's for them to serve.They too have families.
Very sad. The government should attend to the reservations of doctors on emergency basis in this critical situation. We need them in hospitals, not on the roads.
Its so sad to see the police wearing n95 masks beating doctors who are wearing surgical/cloth masks. (Some are without masks). Sums up priority of our govt. :(
Here's the video of the horrifying incident:
A shortage of PPEs is a problem that governments around the world are facing today due to coronavirus.
In the Philippines, a previous report by KAMI narrated how the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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