Medical store owners have increased the prices of surgical masks following the confirmation of Coronavirus cases in Pakistan yesterday.
According to reports, medical store owners are citing a shortage of surgical masks behind the surge in their prices.
A single pack of surgical masks is reportedly being sold for more than Rs. 1000 in markets across Pakistan. The same pack was widely available under Rs.100 before the confirmation of Coronavirus cases.
Dr. Zafar Mirza, PM’s Special Assistant on Health, yesterday confirmed two cases of the deadly disease in Pakistan.
One patient is being kept in quarantine in Aga Khan Hospital Karachi while the other has been admitted to PIMS Islamabad.
Both patients have reportedly traveled from Coronavirus hit countries in the recent past.
Dedicated helpline set up
Pakistan’s health ministry has set up a dedicated helpline 1166 for citizens to report Coronavirus cases.
Dr. Zafar Mirza has requested citizens to call the helpline if they know someone who has been to Coronavirus hit countries recently and is exhibiting symptoms of the disease.
223/ If you or somebody you know have recently returned from China, Iran or a country where #COVIDー19 is prevalent and if there are symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty in breathing – please report by calling at 1166.
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 27, 2020