If COVID-19 cases surge, PDM leaders will be responsible, says Taimur Jhagra
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Minister for Health, Taimur Saleem Jhagra on Sunday said that if the situation of coronavirus cases worsens within a few weeks, the organisers of PDM jalsas will be held responsible for that. Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Jhagra said that PDM supporters from other parts of the province are coming to the provincial capital so that they could participate in the jalsa. Once the workers will return to their respective districts, the risk of spreading the virus will increase. "The Opposition was earlier stressing that stricter lockdowns should be imposed in the country but now they are contradicting their own stance," he said. "If they think that the government is deliberately trying to use coronavirus as an excuse to ban their gatherings, they are totally wrong because we only care about our population, our healthcare workers, and our economy." A day ago, Jhagra had said that the government was not opposed to the Opposition's jalsa but keeping in view the spike in coronavirus cases, the public should decide whether political gatherings should take place or not. Shedding light on the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the province, Jhagra said that the government is taking measures to control the situation. "We are proactively trying to increase the capacity of hospitals in Peshawar and other districts of KP to accommodate COVID-19 patients," he said. He said that in November, the coronavirus positivity rates have increased to 12 % in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "In view of the recent surge, we are trying to work on reforming the health system," he stressed, adding that the government aims to save both people's lives and their livelihoods through minimal restrictions. "We, however, have to change people's behaviour toward this virus and for that, all parties and stakeholders have to work together. We must also take care of our health workers," Jhagra said.