Coronavirus: Govt to brief families about students’ health in China


Staff Reporter


The government has decided to hold a moot in the federal capital to brief the parents about health of their children stranded in Wuhan city and Hubei province of China due to Coronavirus outbreak. The briefing will be held on February 19 (Wednesday) at 1400 in the auditorium of OPF college, F-9, Park Road, Islamabad to update the parents about the current situation in Wuhan city and Hubei Province of China where their children are currently studying, said a statement issued by the ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.
The ministry has also floated a public notice in that respect for its publication in national dailies. According to the Overseas Ministry, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Special Assistants to the Prime Minister Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari and Dr Zafar Mirza along with federal secretaries would apprise parents about the current situation in China.
Despite non-prevalence of the coronavirus in the country so far, the protective mask for the virus called N95 is becoming non-available in the markets, and the authorities concerned should take notice of the situation. This was revealed by the health sources, associated with manufacturing and distribution of the medical devices in the province. The actual price of N95 mask is Rs 190 per piece, but it is being sold in the market for up to Rs 900, claimed the sources.
The Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) had issued a letter to all federal and provincial drug inspectors on Feb 4, 2020 to visit importers and distributors of the protective devices including mask N95, face shields, disposable gloves, disposable gowns, disposable shoe cover, disposable caps, tyvcc suits, biohazards bags, hands sanitisers, air-purifying respirators and powder, etc.