Islamabad. May 16 (APP): Sindh Health Department, S.Z.BEST and International Committee of the Red Cross recently approved the Sindh Health Care Service Providers and Facilities Act for the protection of medical facilities and staff. has launched a campaign to create awareness about the Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2021.
The trend of violence against medical facilities and staff in Pakistan is a matter of concern. Part of the various activities of the 'Health Care in Danger Initiative' under the ICRC was to look at this tragedy on an academic and research basis.
Research from academic and research institutions points to various forms of reactionary violence. Research shows that the main causes of violence against medical staff include waiting for patients and their caregivers, unreasonable expectations, lack of resources, overcrowding and carelessness on the part of medical staff. Addressing the ceremony organized to launch the awareness campaign of the law, Provincial Health Minister Sindh Dr. Azra Afzal Pechuho said that we are determined to protect medical centers in Sindh, this act is a big step towards achieving this goal.
We sincerely hope that this Act will prevent violence against medical personnel and ensure uninterrupted provision of medical facilities. He hoped that people would also get awareness that creating any obstacle in the way of an ambulance or any emergency vehicle carrying a patient is actually disrupting medical activities. Among other measures, the new act aims to ensure safety of medical personnel and medical facilities, prevention of violence against patients and their caregivers by medical personnel, prevention of damage to medical property and facilities and provision of uninterrupted medical services. To be sure.
The Act expands relevant legal interpretations to provide protection to medical personnel in medical facilities. Also, the Act defines the responsibilities of medical personnel and medical facilities to protect the rights of patients and their families. Addressing the participants, Nicholas Lambert, head of ICRC Pakistan, said, "This act is an important step to prevent violence against medical personnel and medical facilities in Sindh."
ICRC is grateful for the efforts and support of the Sindh Health Department and SZBST in achieving this goal, we will continue our work to promote safe medical care in the country. Under the HCID programme, ICRC is promoting measures to secure medical facilities in Pakistan in partnership with public health institutions, medical academia, healthcare authorities, Pakistan Red Crescent and other stakeholders. It is based on evidence.
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