Farooq commends frontline staff for fighting COVID-19

*Seeks proper protective gear for doctors, other staff
Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 5: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah today appreciated the outstanding efforts of the frontline staff including doctors, paramedics and other ground staffers associated with other essential services for their persevering fight against COVID-19 crisis.
While appreciating the role of employees, ground staffers associated with various essential services for their resilience, Dr Farooq said, “The role played by the scores of doctors, paramedics, sanitary workers, and those manning the essential services is commendable. Away from their homes and family, they have been doing a tremendous job. It goes without saying how critical a role these valiant men and women have played in ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity, water to households across J&K. They have been fighting the situation hammer and tongs. The perseverance and endurance these people have exhibited cannot be overlooked; we as a society are indebted to them.”
He said, while the ground staffers are battling out the crisis, the Government should ensure their wellbeing in wake of the prevailing situation.
“It is for the Government to ensure their safety and health, and they cannot be left on their own. What we have been seeing that at various hospitals and health centers, the paramedics, and doctors are working exclusive of necessary preventive kits like N 95, three layer masks, gloves, and other required items. The state of affairs of scores of sweepers and sanitary workers is no different, perhaps it is more precarious.”
He said that it is the need of hour to ensure that the frontline workers who are battling the crisis are looked after very well, and that Government ought to ensure that their interests are cared for and efforts acknowledged.
“The need of the hour necessitates for having a highly equipped and up to date virology research center in J&K that can find new and advanced therapeutic approaches towards such outbreaks,” he said.