RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday inaugurated the up-gradation and renovation project of the Cantonment General Hospital in Rawalpindi, an important step of the incumbent government in order to provide better healthcare services to the residents of Rawalpindi and adjacent areas.
While speaking after inaugurating the up-gradation project of Cantonment General Hospital Rawalpindi, the prime minister assured that the government stands by the medical staff including doctors and nurses and will provide them full protection in the fight against Coronavirus.
The prime minister said that doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are in the frontline of the battle against Coronavirus and they will be provided with the necessary protective equipment to ensure their safety and health. He said that discussions are being held on a daily basis as to how the health workers can be further supported and incentives can be given to them.
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Imran Khan said that the trend of the Coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan will become clearer in a matter of one week. However, he expressed satisfaction that Pakistan has not witnessed the sort of escalation of cases as has been seen in the western countries. He said that our fatality rate is also low when compared with the world.
Alluding to the increasing demand for protective equipment and ventilators in the world after the breakout of the pandemic, the prime minister said that Pakistan is fortunate that China is giving us preference in the provision of the equipment after controlling the virus in its own land.
The prime minister regretted that the health sector was not given preference over the last seven decades. He said that the standards of our hospitals were better up till the 60s and 70s but then allocations for both the education and the health sectors were brought down.
Earlier, the prime minister accompanied by the Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed visited different sections of the hospital and reviewed the facilities there.