People suffering, dying but govt suffers from Nawaz Sharif syndrome: Maryam
PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz on Monday said the government continued to incurably suffer from the Nawaz Sharif syndrome at a time when the people suffering and dying of the coronavirus but also because of the unprecedented and unbelievable incompetence, criminal negligence and apathy.
She was commenting on the latest report in which it is revealed that Lahore has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic as the Punjab Health Department warned the decision makers that the number of infected people was estimated to be at 670,000.
In a series of tweets, Maryam said Nawaz opted to walking because of strict advice from his doctors but the government was used to talk about him to distract the people from the ongoing and impending disasters.
Addressing the government, she said, “Please get down to work if you know how it is done.”
“Get help if you don’t [know],” advised the political scion of Nawaz, as she described the government’s attitude as “a classic and incorrigible case of highly misplaced priorities.”
The comments came, as a summary submitted by the Health Department to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that there had been an exponential rise in number of patients in Lahore. However, the Punjab government rejected the summary and the proposal for a complete four-week lockdown.
The Health Department had also recommended that people should remain indoor and all people aged more than 50 years must be quarantined at their homes. No locality of Lahore is safe from the virus, it added.
Commenting on the situation, Chief Editor/Director Salim Bokhari said the government had no planning or policy on how to deal with the pandemic and implement the lockdown.
PPP leader Chaudhry Manzoor also talked to 24NewsHD said the entire health system had collapsed and the situation was out of control.
The latest revelations about Lahore came as Pakistan continues to see an alarming rise in the confirmed coronavirus cases as the virus was found in another 2,964 people during the past 24 hours (Sunday), raising the overall total to 72,460.
The latest figures released by National Command and Operation Centre on Monday morning show that the same period saw 60 more deaths after which the death toll has climbed to 72,460.
On the other hand, the number of cases in Sindh has now increased to 28,245 with the addition of new ones. It is followed by 26,240 in Punjab, 10,027 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 4,393 in Balochistan, 2,539 in Islamabad, 711 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 255 in Azad Kashmir.
Punjab and Sindh have now surpassed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in terms of deaths as the tally for the two provinces now stands at 497 and 481 respectively.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is third with 473 followed by Balochistan 47, Islamabad 28, Gilgit-Baltistan 11 and Azad Kashmir six.
As far as the recovery rate is concerned, there are 44,834 active cases currently in Pakistan while 26,083 patients have fully recovered from the infection.
On the other hand, four more doctors died of coronavirus in Pakistan amid the complaints about lack of personal protection equipment and testing for the healthcare professionals.
One of the latest victims of coronavirus is Dr Phag Chand of Swabi who ran his own clinic for many years.
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw the death two more doctors – Dr Aurangzeb, a pathologist at Peshawar Police Service Hospital, and Dr Azam, a child specialist at a local hospital in Nowshera.
The latest deaths mean that a total of five doctors have so far died in the province since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Balochistan, Dr Shah Wali Jan – a child specialist at DHQ Mustang – died at Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta where he was under treatment in the isolation ward.