Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of the artificial shortage of medicines and injections used to treat coronavirus patients in the country. The premier has directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman to ensure the availability of critical medicines.
PM Khan issued this directive while presiding over a meeting to review the pandemic situation in the country. He said that strict implementation of safety protocols could help control the spread of the virus.
The Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Planning Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, Adviser on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Special Assistant on Information Lt Gen (r) Asim Saleem Bajwa, Focal Person on COVID-19 Dr. Faisal Sultan, Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal and senior officials attended the meeting.
The premier was satisfied with the availability of personal protective kits as required for medical staff and doctors, fighting on the frontline against the novel virus.
As the government is taking extensive measures to control the virus, complete eradication of the pandemic will not be possible without support from the public, he insisted.
He directed the public representatives and leadership to play an active part in spreading awareness regarding the severity of the disease.
The premier also directed provinces on ensuring a ‘smart lockdown’ and maintaining a balance in protective measures and economic activities during the next few difficult weeks.