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We have plenty of medical equipment to handle coronavirus situation


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

13th May, 2020. 03:08 pm
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Chairman NDMA

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General Muhammad Afzal said on Wednesday that there is plenty of necessary medical equipment to handle coronavirus situation in the country.

He was addressing news conference in Islamabad. NDMA Chairman  said there is no shortage of necessary medical equipment to handle coronavirus in the country. He said the entire personal protective equipment about Covid-19, except ventilators, is being manufactured in Pakistan.

The NDMA Chairman said local manufacturing of the equipment is helping NDMA save money. He said transparency was ensured in procurement of the medical equipment at level and foreign levels.

He said NDMA has run 11 flights of equipment from China. Chairman NDMA said the equipment for Coronavirus testing has also been supplied to the provinces in abundance. Lt General Muhammad Afzal said civil work in the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Islamabad will be completed by 15th of this month and the hospital will become functional by the end of this month. Chairman NDMA said that the surgical mask which had gone up to Rs. 60 has now come back to Rs. 10,20 .

Mohammad Afzal said that on April 5, we have delivered the first consignment of goods to the front line doctors and we have also delivered the goods.

Let it be known that the number of confirmed coronavirus infection cases in the country has risen to 34,336 while 31 deaths reported during the last 24 hours.

Around 2,255 cases confirmed positive during the last twenty four hours and 11,848 cases were conducted. So far 13,225 cases registered in Punjab, 12,610 in Sindh, 5,021 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,158 in Balochistan, 759 in Islamabad, 475 in Gilgit Baltistan and 88 in Azad Kashmir.

The death toll stands at 737 with 31 new deaths reported during the last twenty four hours. The total number of coronavirus tests conducted thus far in the country stand at 3,17,699.

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