Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that since our situation of COVID-19 is not as critical as being expected, Pakistan with the grace of Allah would soon overcome the challenge and will get out of this deadly virus speedily.
“If we compare Pakistan with other countries, the situation is far better. What we were expecting was that till now hospitals, especially Intensive Care Units (ICUs) should have been filled with the coronavirus patients, besides the shortage of ventilators. But thanks God, the situation is far better,” he said.
The premiere shared these views in a media briefing here after a meeting on Coronavirus. He was accompanied by Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to the PM on Social Safety and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar, and the PM’s Focal Person on COVID-19 Dr Faisal Sultan.
PM said Egypt, was also faced with severe economic conditions just like Pakistan, and was following a partial lockdown strategy with restrictions on crowded activities. The PM said Pakistan and Egypt would benefit from each other’s strategies and experiences in dealing with the challenges faced by both countries in the wake of Coronavirus.
Imran Khan said that our government’s timely and effective measures, including the decision of lockdown, restrictions on gatherings, closure of schools and colleges, as well as the cooperation of public helped us in controlling the virus from spreading speedily.
He was proud of government’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme initiative under which Rs. 12,000 per family would be distributed among deserving families.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme Rs. 81 billion had been distributed so far among 6.6 million families across Pakistan during the last three weeks and the remaining out of 12 million people would also get the financial assistance soon.