The Sindh government on Monday submitted a report to the Supreme Court in relation to the suo moto case on the government measures regarding the coronavirus crisis. In the report, the provincial government said that it has issued guidelines in unequivocal terms to all the local councils to ensure that no sanitary worker is put to duty without adequate safety gear.
The government has further reported that the safety gears and PPEs have been provided to the sanitary staff in WASA, HDA Hyderabad, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB), Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB), Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC), Sukkur Municipal Corporation, Larkana Municipal Corporation, Shaheed Benazirabad Municipal Corporation and other local government institutions throughout the Province.
For regular supply of the safety kits/ PPEs to the sanitary staff throughout the year, all the local councils have been directed to allocate sufficient funds in the next year’s budget for safety kits/ PPEs for the sanitary staff, the report stated. Moreover, legislative efforts are also underway to ensure safety and security of sanitation staff at workplace, it added. As regards, salary of the sanitary staff of WASA, Hyderabad, it has been reported that the Finance Department has recently released another tranche for clearance of the salary dues, which will be disbursed in a week’s time.
The report stated that the current situation is that the number of COVID-19 cases has increased exceptionally from 32,910 to 59,983 during the past two weeks (from 03rd June.—APP