Mr Khan, who was elected in December, previously worked for the United Nations and in a number of other posts abroad.
And using his connection, managed to arrange 110,000 masks – all of which he will give to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – to arrive in the UK this week.
The majority of masks, 100,000, will remain in three hospitals that are trusted – Pontefract Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and Dewsbury and District Hospitals.
But it is understood that 10,000 will be distributed by trust to treat homes and hospitals.
Mr Khan said he arranged the shipment “through my own connections” with the charity Solidarités International and the Vietnamese Government.
He said the supply situation was only provided when needed had made hospital bosses worry about when they would have to ship personal protective equipment.
Mr Khan said: “So to overcome this, to do my part, of course during my career serving abroad developing a network of contacts and friends and organizations that I have worked with in far and sometimes dangerous places.
“And when talking to people about the problems I faced in Wakefield and seeking help and support with people who had worked with me in other environments before, it became clear that there was an opportunity to be given, by Solidarités International and the Government of Vietnam, 110,000 reusable face masks, silver plated, high quality face masks.
worth about a quarter million dollars commercially.
“And of course, I jumped at the opportunity.”
The boss at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield this week warned that long-sleeved gowns were wearing thin.
Chief Executive Martin Barkley said: “We are not sure when our next delivery will be, and this creates a very tense situation for our staff.”
But Mr Khan said this was not a criticism of the system used by the Ministry of Health, which he praised. But acknowledgment that a global pandemic cannot be overcome by just one sector be it the national government, the local government, or the charity sector, alone.
He said: “By doing that, it is only possible, in the system, if fewer masks are needed at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, it means that other trusts can have the inventory of the mask, or the mask can be used for other important workers.
“So it is only to free up further supplies knowing that every part of the PPE at present in the kingdom is of real value.”
He added that the Pinderfield Hospital holds a special place in his heart. His father, a doctor, and his mother, a midwife, both worked in the hospital and there they met.
That’s also where Khan was born.
“It’s a house, it’s a family, I can’t be separated from him so whatever I can do to help them, I’ll do it,” he said.
Barkley added: “I warmly welcome the extraordinary and generous contribution of more than 100,000 masks to the trust and, of course, to other local organizations that have been made possible by MP Imran Khan for Wakefield. This will increase the level of mask stock available for key workers in the region. “
Mr Khan said it was part of an initiative he had launched called Wakefield Together, which would provide a one-stop shop for anyone with difficulties arising from coronavirus.
He said he had found one constituency might need help with a number of different institutions during the process but they could now call one number, at Wakefield Together, for help.
He said: “My postal bag is very large. It has grown in some order of magnitude and there is a great need in society. In my constituency, and we have a lot of vulnerable people, and I want to serve them, I don’t want to duplicate any resources. “
He said through uniting charity organizations, representatives would be able to help with concerns.
He said: “Because I am their representative in our sovereign Parliament, whether they elect me or not, I have the responsibility and authority as soon as they contact my office to act as their representative on their behalf, whether it is with the central government or the Government local, with a bank or utility company, we can act on their behalf.
“And the most vulnerable, who may be confused or anxious, they can call us with not just one problem, but several problems and we can try to find solutions for them.”
He added: “Then going beyond that is not only seeing the most vulnerable to this disease – even though it is a very intrinsic and important part – I also have an eye on recovery
and to ensure that Wakefield rose again.
“At Wakefield, most of the business community and our company may be small businesses that require significant support and advice and assistance. I want to give advice and support that.
“And what really helps is feeding that supports the food chain policy. So it can be there, the Government can be responsive and as knowledgeable as possible about what are the conditions on the ground in Wakefield.
“So that the policy can be adjusted as much as possible for Wakefield, as well as other parts of the UK. Thank you make sense.
“So that is to ensure that when we come out of this, our business community, still survives, is still there to hire people to give jobs to people, because I believe, above all, business companies, especially small businesses are our backbone economy. “
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