Coronavirus: 149 doctors, 47 paramedics tested positive in Balochistan
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal briefed about increasing cases on Monday
The novel coronavirus has infected 149 doctors and 47 paramedics in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. This was revealed during a briefing to chief minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan by Command and Operation Center (COC) on Monday. The CM directed the concerned quarters to make sure the provision of all protective equipment to hospitals.
The virus appears to be rampant as its continues to spread fast in Quetta and other districts of the province. Most of the doctors tested positive for the Covid-19 have been in isolation to battle the deadly virus. However, some in critical condition have been admitted to Fatima Jinnah Chest and TB Hospital Quetta for medical treatment. “Some doctors are battling the virus in Fatima Jinnah Hospital”, a doctor serving in the hospital told the daily Quetta Voice, giving no other details.
Balochistan has so far confirmed over 2,700 cases of the novel coronavirus with 37 deaths. Spokesman government of Balochistan, Liaquat Shahwani told the daily Quetta Voice that the mortality rate in the province was 2 percent.
Medical professionals had already expressed concerned voice regarding the non-availability of personal protective equipment hospitals. The doctors protesting for PPEs were also baton-charged in Quetta when the pandemic broke out.
Doctors, paramedics and nurses had demanded of the Balochistan governments to impose curfew or implement strict lockdown to contain the virus.