A young Christian sanitary worker, who fell unconscious due to suffocation while cleaning a drain, died after Muslim doctors in a hospital refused to touch his dirty body as they were fasting, according to local media.
The worker, identified as Irfan Masih, along with three other sanitary workers of the local municipality, were taken to Civil Hospital in the town of Umerkot in the Sindh province on Friday, but the Muslim doctors refused to treat them until their bodies were washed.
According to Daily News and Analysis India, family members pleaded with the hospital staff to treat Irfan, but the doctor at the facility refused.
“Dr Yousuf said he would not touch Irfan’s dirty body until it was cleaned. I cleaned his body, after which an oxygen pump was sent for Irfan, but that was empty,” said Irfan’s brother, Pervaiz.
After Irfan passed away in the government hospital, the three other sanitary workers were referred to Hyderabad and then to Karachi for medical treatment.
Umerkot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Usman Bajwa said that the workers fell unconscious because were not provided with safety equipment.
Irfan’s family alleged that the doctors’ negligent response to an emergency situation and the lack of proper facilities at the hospital resulted in his death.
Members of the Christian community in Umerkot, along with some workers at the local municipality, gathered outside the local press club to protest against the local administration and hospital for refusing treatment to Irfan. The demonstration lasted for 10 hours with assurances that an investigation will be conducted against the municipal authorities and doctors.
Sources: The Christian Post, The Christian Times
- Ask the Lord to help this family as they come to terms with their great loss. Pray to the Lord for justice for this family.
- Pray the death of this young man will not be in vain, may this incident bring awareness and bring change.
- Ask God to give Christians gracious words and courage to be His witnesses, even when they face hostility.