Govt Asked to Ban Export of Masks

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended the government to ban the export of face masks and disposable gloves in order to deal with any untoward situation of coronavirus in the country.

According to official details, the NDMA has urged the government to impose a ban on the export of face masks and hand gloves as “a first precautionary measure” and to ensure availability of “sufficient basic first aid material,” due to the coronavirus epidemic that has killed 361 people in China and reached many countries.

In order to block the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country, the NDMA has instructed all relevant authorities to take necessary measures and ensure the “availability of sufficient quantity of first aid material (face mask & gloves) at all tiers of health units.

“Therefore, it is requested that export of N95 face mask and hand gloves (disposable) outside Pakistan from land, air and sea routes be banned forthwith and till further advice,” read a letter written to the authorities concerned.

“These steps are taken as a first precautionary measure and to confirm the availability of sufficient basic first aid material in Pakistan.”

It is to be noted that Pakistan had supplied medical equipment to the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city, China.

The medical supplies include 300,000 medical masks, 800 hazmat suits and 6,800 pairs of gloves.



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