KABUL on Thursday expressed anger over maltreatment of physicians and warned doctors would lose morale in the fight against Covid-19 if they faced torture and insult from public.
On Wednesday, relatives of a Covid-19 patient attacked doctors after their patient died in the Afghan-Japan Hospital. Some medical workers were injured in the scuffle.
Wahidullah Majroh, health ministry public services head, said relatives of a Covid-19 patient attacked doctors and medical staff after the death of their relative at the Afghan-Japan Hospital.
Referring to the attack, he said: “Is this the reward for white coat members of the country, if you cannot appreciate them, don’t slap then in the face. Doctors have no other intention except services to people.”
He said it was painful to see the blood covered faces, torn colors and broken body parts of his doctor colleagues.
He added the continuation of such a situation would damage doctors’ morale in the fight against coronavirus and that health workers would resign.
According to the health ministry, the patient who died was an elderly person and had been brought to the hospital in serious condition.
Six relatives of the deceased attacked doctors and nurses when they were busy on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Afghan-Japan Hospital Head Hakimulllah Saleh said the patient who died the other night was brought to the hospital in serious condition and when doctors were conducting CPR, they were attacked.
“Finally police arrived and interfered, but no weapons and gunfire happened in the hospital,” he said.
An eyewitness told Pajhwok Afghan News that some individuals mercilessly beat doctors in Afghan-Japan Hospital.