Speed up research on corona, CM asks experts


Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has directed to accelerate the research activities for the eradication of coronavirus.
In a special meeting chaired by the chief minister, it was told that four study groups have been formed and research has been started under the supervision of the University of the Health Sciences. Usman Buzdar directed the experts to make fruitful efforts to deal with coronavirus as soon as possible.
He was informed in the briefing that BSL-3 Lab has started working in Jinnah hospital and PKLI. The experts briefed the meeting that Covid-19 found in Pakistan is quite different from the Coronavirus of Wuhan and Iran.
The CM directed to manufacture Personal Protection Equipment i.e. security/safety suit at the local level. The meeting further informed that a textile owner from Lahore has offered to manufacture PPE voluntarily and free of cost. The Chief Minister said that coronavirus should be treated in a scientific manner. The government wants a complete eradication from this menace.
He said that standard SOPs for the home quarantine should evolve as soon as possible. He said that the government wants to get the ability to setup 200 beds field hospital as soon as possible.
The meeting was informed that China has offered to setup a hospital in Punjab besides deputing Chinese doctors there to cope with corona. Vice-Chancellor University of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Javed Akram, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Shaukat, Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education and other officials attended the meeting.
Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over meeting in an open lawn of the Chief Minister’s Office, instead of a closed room to prevent from Coronavirus virus. The meeting reviewed the recommendations and suggestions of Punjab Financial Package for the daily wagers and labourers being affected from the lockdown.
The chief minister said that a special package will be given to the government employees who embraced martyrdom due to the coronavirus while performing their official duties. He said that supply of ration to the families of Coronavirus patients should be continued in the areas of lockdown and semi-lockdown. He said that the destitute segment of the society will not be left alone in this time of trial and PTI government will take care of their needs.
Financial assistance will be provided to the needy and deserving people through Prime Minister’s Relief Package, Bainazeer Income Support Program and Bait-ul-Amal. Law Minister Raja Bashart, Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Minister for Industries Mian Aslam Iqbal, Chief Secretary, Senior Member Revenue Board of Revenue and other concerned officials were also present on this occasion.
Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Resource Ansar Majeed called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and presented him a cheque of Rs 63 lakhs in CM’s Special Fund for corona control. It is worth-mentioning that employees of sub-office of Labour Department PESSI has donated their one day salary in CM’s Special Fund for Corona Control. The CM, while talking on this occasion, said that the contribution of officers and staff of PESSI for controlling corona is praiseworthy. He said that the situation that occurred due to corona will be faced mutually.