The Health Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has prohibited the doctors and nurses from using cell phones while on duty. The department has issued a circular to all the public hospitals asking them to follow the rule strictly. The notification states that in order to maintain the discipline, the step has been taken across all the hospitals of the province. The KP provincial assembly discussed the excessive use of mobile phones by nurses and doctors while on duty.
A calling attention notice was submitted by Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Nighat Orakzai to throw a light on that matter. She stated that on-duty doctors and nurses use mobile phones excessively which affects the treatment of the patients and distract the doctors. The MPA further said that the negligence of doctors and nurses in this regard is a major reason behind a patient’s deteriorating condition in several cases. Orakzai also requested the government to ban the use of cell phones for doctors and nurses during working hours.
60 per cent of surgeons use phones even in operating theatres
The issue of using cell phones during duty hours is not specific to Pakistan. According to a study, around 60 per cent of surgeons use phones even in operating theatres and intensive care units. The continuous electromagnetic rational (EMR) by the mobile phones badly impact the health of patients.
Experts recommend keeping phones at a safe distance from the medical equipment and patient as well. Apart from the radiations, phones distract the on-duty doctors and nurses, which results in negligence on their part regarding the patient’s treatment.