Shahbaz for using schools, mosques, marriage halls as quarantine centres

Published March 29, 2020
Shahbaz Sharif demanded that doctors and policemen should be trained. — AFP/File
Shahbaz Sharif demanded that doctors and policemen should be trained. — AFP/File

LAHORE: PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif has demanded that patients suffering from Covid-19 must be removed from mainstream hospitals forthwith and instead marriage halls, schools, colleges and mosques should be used as quarantine facilities.

Presiding over a consultative meeting of doctors and medical experts through a video link here on Saturday, Mr Sharif said: “Coronavirus testing should be made free of cost with immediate effect and those who have come from across the border should be mapped. There is an imperative and unavoidable need for a disease surveillance system, which is currently non-existent. Data regarding many have been screened and how many have been tested should be shared with the nation on a daily basis. Hiding the facts and figures is not a solution but part of the problem.”

Shahbaz Sharif demanded that doctors and policemen should be trained and a special plan be prepared and help be sought from China for the training of doctors and medical staff of the particular manner of caretaking, treatment, use of particular technology and testing.

“Even if all needed equipment is provided, such incapacity will prevent the optimum performance without proper training,” he added.

In the first phase, master trainers should be created who can then fan out extensive trainings to consequent batches. Bio-safety level-2 kits in the district headquarters’ PCRs can also be utilised, he proposed and said coronavirus patients should not be treated as untouchables but must be deal with care and compassion, he said.

Mr Sharif demanded that a special life and health insurance plan be started for the front-line soldiers in this fight, the doctors, nurses and the paramedics. Staff of the Hepatitis B and C laboratories established during the PML-N tenure must be provided with corona PCR and bio-safety kits which can save valuable time in testing and many precious lives can be saved through timely intervention.

Dr Saeed Akhtar, Dr Naeemuddin Mian, former Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervez participated in the meeting. Dr Sajjad Rafiq, YDA’s Dr Salman Haseeb, Dr Naeem Mian, Dr Numan Chauhdry, Paramadical Association’s Malik Munir, nursing staff and medical assistants also attended the meeting.

Shahbaz Sharif severely criticised the Imran Khan government on ‘unprecedented’ rupee depreciation. He said rupee was losing its value because of poor economic policies of the PTI government.

Shahbaz has written to Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support to Pakistan during Covid-19 crisis.

In a letter to the Chinese president on Saturday, Mr Sharif said: “... Thank you for giving ‘preferential treatment’ to Pakistan in the provision of much-needed medical equipment which will help save precious lives and turn the tide in our battle against coronavirus.”

Published in Dawn, March 29th, 2020


Long arm of Big Tech
20 Jan 2021

Long arm of Big Tech

How many people would still be alive if Twitter and Facebook had denied Trump a platform to spread lies about Covid-19 a year ago?
Words, words, words
19 Jan 2021

Words, words, words

There was little in terms of contributions in our own language as we wrestled with the pandemic.


Updated 20 Jan 2021

Broadsheet judgement

There are plenty of skeletons in the Broadsheet cupboard and they must be brought out into the open.
20 Jan 2021

Unequal justice

IT seems no one wants to testify against former SSP Malir, Rao Anwar. At least five prosecution witnesses, all ...
20 Jan 2021

Schools reopening

THE disruptive impact of Covid-19 on education will be felt for years to come. For countries like Pakistan, where...
Updated 19 Jan 2021

LNG contracts

It is important for industry to reconnect with the national grid and for gas to be allocated for more efficient uses.
19 Jan 2021

Murdered judges

THE continuous violence in Afghanistan has raised serious questions about the sustainability of the peace process, ...
19 Jan 2021

K2 feat

A TEAM of 10 Nepalese mountaineers made history over the weekend as they scaled the world’s second highest peak K2...