The Sindh government will purchase over a million soaps to distribute among the masses, Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said.
Nasir Hussain said the decision was part of the measures being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The directives had been issued to every union council and all union committees in Sindh to purchase soaps amounting to Rs100,000.
“Sindh government would take all possible steps necessary to keep the people safe from the coronavirus,” he said.
Nasir Shah said the soaps would be purchased and distributed among the public soon so that they could help protect people to some extent from the virus.
He said a campaign regarding the distribution of soaps would publicized through media so that people could get them easily.
In the first phase, the minister said, all union councils in the province would purchase soaps amounting to Rs100,000, after which gradually if needed, the campaign would extend to other areas of the province.
There are 1,175 union councils and 351 union committees in Sindh.
The minister said people should not be worried about the rapid spread of the caronavirus as at the moment the situation was under control.
He added that the Sindh government was in a state of high alert.
He said that Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah personally monitoring the situation.
CM Sindh had also issued instructions to all members of his cabinet in this regard.
Nasir Hussain said the only way to remain safe from getting affected by the coronavirus was to take precautions.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar has ordered that no Bachat Bazaars will operate in the city in view of the COVID-19 scare.
According to a notification issued by the KMC, preventative measures for curbing the spread of COVID-19 are being taken.
The notification is addressed to the All Karachi Bachat Bazar Association, the All Korangi Association chairman and the All Bachat Bazars organizers.
Spray at shrines
As part of the preventative measures, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has started carrying out antibacterial spray at all shrines.
According to a statement, they include the shrines of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Hazrat Masoom Shah Ghazi, Hazrat Qalandar Baba Aulia, and Hazrat Syed Noor Ali Shah Bukhari.
Meanwhile, the jails of the city are also being sprayed.