Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan on Friday visited office of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and reviewed the measures being taken to combat coronavirus in the province.
The Chief Secretary inspected different sections of the control room where he was briefed on coronavirus situation in Pakistan, especially Punjab, in comparison to the international stats on pandemic-hit countries. He was informed that Germany’s virus test rate is highest in the world.
The Chief Secretary directed that data about patients be strictly monitored and special step be taken to contain spread of the disease in vulnerable areas. He mentioned that people’s cooperation is vital for overcoming coronavirus, adding that public awareness about the contagion should be enhanced.
Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) Babar Hayat Tarar briefed that under the PM’s Ehsaas Programme an amount of Rs 19.39 billion has been distributed among 1.482 million persons in the province as yet. Under category 1 financial assistance was distributed among women from 9th to 14th April and under category 2 disbursement among men has been underway since 14th April, he added.
He maintained that protective gears for doctors, paramedics and others staff is being sent to districts and goods dispatched so far include 65,718 gowns, 323,000 surgical masks, 287,050 gloves, 55,215 goggles, 82,522 N-95 masks, 15350 litres sanitizer, 10 thermal guns, and 55 face shields. Those among present were PDMA’s Director Administration Tariq Masood Farooqa, Director Operations Nisar Ahmad Sani, Director Finance Imran Khan Mughal and officers concerned.