Updated: Mar 23, 2021 13:23 IST
The provincial government of had approved a compensation fund for who lost their lives from COVID-19.
With 79,245 confirmed and 2,208 related deaths, the northwestern province of has one of the highest coronavirus mortality rates in the country.
According to Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) data, families of 78 health workers, including 48 doctors, who died of COVID-19 while on duty, have not been compensated yet, Arab News reported.
The provincial government of apologised on Sunday for delaying compensation to families.
“We apologise for any delay. All (families of) frontline health workers who died of COVID-19 on the line of duty will be compensated with their pension issues resolved,”
told Arab News said he had sent two letters to the provincial health secretary and director general of health “months ago” to expedite the disbursement of a compensation fund, but there has been no progress.
“We’re left with no option but to go to the court of law to get our legitimate right,” he said, adding that the health department was “inefficient and dysfunctional” at a time when the country is struggling with the pandemic.
“The deceased health workers have many issues such as schooling of their children. Delay in the financial package is really a source of concern for us all,” he said.
Dr Nasir Inayat, a medical practitioner at Khyber Teaching Hospital’s nephrology department, said his uncle Dr Hidayat Ullah Khan died of the virus in July last year but no help for his family had arrived from the government.
“We’re hearing of a financial package, but we haven’t received any aid. My late uncle has two sons who study in the university and I’ve to bear their expenses,” he said. (ANI)