‘Welfare of frontline health workers against COVID-19 govt’s top priority’
June 19, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza says welfare of the frontline health workers against COVID-19 is the top priority of the government. Addressing a press conference on Friday, he said the government has established an integrated complaint management system to address complaints of the frontline health workers. He said they can register their complaints at 1166 or WhatsApp number 00923001111166. He said their complaints will be addressed on priority basis. He said a comprehensive package has already been announced for the health workers fighting against coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza has said a technical team in Pakistan will consider using dexamethasone medicine to treat those critically ill with COVID-19. In a tweet on Wednesday, he pointed out the World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom that show dexamethasone can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. Dr Zafar Mirza said it is an old and cheap anti-inflammatory medicine (steroid) and we have multiple producers in Pakistan. The Special Assistant, however, warned dexamethasone is only for critically ill COVID-19 patients who are on oxygen and ventilators. He said the medicine must not be used by mild to moderate patients and that self-medication is strictly prohibited and can be dangerous as the medicine has many side-effects.