Justice Isa requires opening all hospitals for public after Covid ordeal


Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa, who was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus final week, has urged the federal government to open up all public-sector hospitals, together with mixed army ones, to the general public amid a spike within the lethal Covid-19 infections.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Justice Isa stated Pakistan was in a state of affairs that was “no less grave than a war” and a healthcare system the place not everybody has entry to hospitals would result in extra deaths and sufferings.

The prime court docket decide acknowledged that if all hospitals weren’t opened for public “class and social divides will further be exacerbated and people continue to suffer and die because of an unequal system”.

He additional stated that the structure ensures the correct to life as a “fundamental right, of which health is an integral part”.

The SC decide additionally shared his Covid “ordeal” within the assertion.

“My spouse and I had been one of many preliminary fortunate few (lower than 2 per cent) within the nation who had been absolutely vaccinated as each of us had been above 60 — courtesy of the Chinese authorities.

“We took each precaution, together with at all times carrying masks in public locations, but contracted the extremely infectious Delta variant of the illness. Even with the vaccination, I nonetheless needed to be hospitalised.”

The prime decide thanked “very competent doctors and attendants at the Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital all of whom have been integral to the treatment”.

The SC decide maintained that the remedy he acquired was not throughout the reach of majority of the nation’s residents. “My spouse and I are actually blessed for the prayers and help we now have acquired, and bow in abject supplication to Almighty Allah,” he added.

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‘SOPs not being followed’

Justice Isa criticised the dearth of efficient social distancing measures by the federal government. He stated, “Internationally recognised and WHO [World Health Organisation] mandated preventive social distancing measures are not being followed [in the country].”

“The nation’s health needs to be relegated to expert pulmonologists and other Covid-19 experts who should be brought on TV and radio to explain, warn and educate the nation,” the decide steered.

He added: “Urdu, as well as all other spoken languages and dialects, should be used to communicate. Even the equivalent for the acronym ‘SOP’ [Standard Operating Procedures] has proved elusive. Could ‘Hidayet’ [instruction] or ‘Tibbi Hidayet’ [clinical instructions] not be a start?”

He additional stated that the federal government high-ups themselves weren’t severe about following the anti-virus protocols.

“Flouting of SOPs is not permissible. Yet it is done by those who should be leading by example… [they were] saying Eidul Azha prayers in the Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, by standing shoulder to shoulder, which sent out the wrong message that the government’s own SOPs are not important,” he stated.

Justice Isa maintained that Islam additionally lay down “clear preventive measures during epidemics which have also been completely discarded”.

“Allah has showered His grace and mercy on us and it is now our duty to come together as a nation to collectively fight this epidemic,” he concluded.

On July 31, Justice Qazi Faez Isa was admitted to a hospital on the recommendation of his medical doctors. At the time, Justice Isa was in good well being with delicate signs, comparable to cough. He was moved to the hospital for higher remedy.

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