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On Wednesday, 2 March 2022, the government of Pakistan announced to honor the COVID-19 healthcare workers with Civil Awards. The decision was made on the basis of their exceptional services during the pandemic.
Sources at the Health Ministry say that the workers will be presented awards on 23 March 2022 in recognition of their services during the coronavirus pandemic. This is said to be a one-time Civil Award.
The nominees for the awards will be from Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan. The federal government will be inviting the nominations from all the provinces and will finalize the names. The award will only be presented after the permission of President Alvi.
The corona healthcare workers will be awarded one-time Civil Award over their services, sources at the Ministry of National Health said.— News Journal (Save Life Foundation Inc.) (@newsjournalpak) March 2, 2022
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Despite sacrificing the lives of hundreds of frontline workers, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, and doctors back in 2021, the healthcare community was left unrecognized at the Pakistan Civil Award Ceremony. Approximately more than 250 health workers have died during the pandemic, serving the country.
Pakistanis while emoting their inner feelings on social media platforms have the opinion that, “In Pakistan, the bureaucratic process of making heroes only recognizes curriculum-based past performances and does not create potential future leaders to inspire others to pursue constitutional rights and principles of policy. Unlike the global trend of involving broader segments of society, selecting heroes is restricted to official corridors.”
The healthcare workers are looking forward to the category in which they will be nominated. The Civil Award however compromises five orders - The Order of Pakistan; The Order of Shujaat; The Order of Imtiaaz; The Order of Quaid-e-Azam; The Order of Khidmat and The President’s Award for Pride of Performance.
Since the report of the first case of COVID-19, the frontline workers have been working tirelessly and now finally will be recognized by the Government of Pakistan.