Personal protective items, especially the N-95 masks, meant for healthcare providers handling patients with serious infectious diseases, such as Covid-19, are being used by general public, particularly by politicians and bureaucrats, according to the Pakistan Medical Association.
“It’s unfortunate that at a time when health professionals are facing serious shortage of the N-95 masks and other personal protective equipment, politicians and bureaucrats are often seen wearing the N-95 masks during their meetings and visits,” said PMA in a statement.
He emphasised that doctors should be protected as they were the front-line soldiers in fight against coronavirus.
According to the association, the N-95 masks are particularly needed at quarantine and isolation facilities for health providers treating coronavirus patients, who are at the highest risk of acquiring the disease.
“Surgical masks are for healthcare workers performing surgeries or those who are treating non-coronavirus patients at primary care level. Given scarcity of the masks these days, general public should use handmade masks, which should be washed daily,” the statement said.