Letter to the editor


Violence against healthcare providers the corona pandemic has created havoc all over the country. The
government, and some social workers are trying their best to deal with this calamity, but on top of all
are healthcare providers. At least 50 doctors have lost their lives, almost half the doctors working in
tertiary care hospitals have become COVID-positive. They are treating patients with limited protective
gear. Freshly-graduated doctors faced corona patients on the first day of their career and many became
COVID-positive. Many non-medical professions were given a special corona allowance. When it came to
the doctors however, criteria were devised and only those doctors were given allowance who were
working in isolation wards. Whereas the truth is, every doctor has to face COVID patients in their daily
practice, whether their duty is in the surgery ward, the medicine ward or even the eye ward. Many of
our colleagues lost their lives, many doctors who suffered from corona couldn’t even get beds in
government hospitals. They were either forced to get treatment from private setups, spending a large
amount of money or to remain in their houses. But we didn’t let such injustice lower our spirit of serving
the nation. We put our needs and rights aside for the betterment of the community in this time of
crisis.Unfortunately, some incidents occurred recently, occurrences that cannot be tolerated anymore. If
some patient is unhappy, they start misbehaving, even with female doctors. They verbally and physically
abuse the doctors on duty, record videos without their consent and post those videos on social media,
always blaming the doctors for negligence. There is another conspiracy among the public, that if
someone dies of corona, doctors get money from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is why
doctors are killing COVID patients on purpose. Violence against doctors has been carried out in many
cities. The other day, one doctor in Karachi was shot for asking the patient to wear a mask. On Sunday,
the senior-most professor of medicine in Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore Professor
Tanvir u Salam, was physically threatened. Corona is a dangerous disease. People often come late for
treatment in the hospital, and death can occur due to many reasons. Why are the patients so quick to
point fingers at the treating doctors? If attendants have any complaints against HCPs, there are ways to
sort out problems, but there is no place for violence. We don’t protest or agitate, no abstinence from
duty in these critical days, but foolproof security is our basic right. If the government fails to do so,
doctors will definitely be reluctant to perform duties in an unsafe environment.Dr. Ehsan ur
RehmanAround us!With every passing second, we ask the same question to ourselves: “what is going on
around us?” The irony is that since decades the question has not changed and has remained exactly the
same; answers may vary from one person to another, people to people, city by city, country to country,
island to island, the majority to minority and others. We are living in a world where we cannot find any
peace at all when it comes to corruption, malnutrition, food adulteration, economy issues, family issues
and much more. We are so busy in our own routine that we neglect the real meaning of life which is to
appreciate the blessing we have around us and people who intend to make those blessing into a curse
should be punished. For example in this time of crisis where everyone requires help from one another,
people are selling their plasma at exorbitant prices, while at the same time medicines are being sold in
the black to help people with free food, PPE, medicines etc. We have our food authorities initiating

Mobile Milk Testing & Bike Squads in 36 districts now, health experts/departments finding vaccines/cure
for this deadly disease spreading rapidly.Marina PervaizBetter safe than sorry!We are living in a world
which is a stark contrast to the one we inhabited only a few months ago. With the Covid-19 pandemic,
we are holed up in our homes, seeking alternatives to carry out our lives as never before. From offices to
government departments, people are working from home and that has proved to be an effective way to
check the spread. However, there are certain industries which are open and their employees are serving
the nation on the front line. Hospitals, banks, restaurants, delivery services, logistics, the food and
beverage industry are some of the prime examples. For people who are taking risks by going out to work
every day, it is imperative that they take the necessary precautions.Syed Fakhir Ali