Pakistani Coast Guard inspects 4,256 fishermen for COVID-19, the governor said
Pakistan Cost Guard (PCG) has so far screened 4,256 fishermen who have been fishing in the open sea on 284 vessels along Pakistan’s coastline to detect cases of new corona virus among them.
Information for this effect was provided to Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Monday when he met PCG Director General (Ditjen) Brig Saqib Qamar at the Governor’s Building.
The PCG Director General told the governor that after screening, four suspected cases of coronavirus among fishermen were referred to hospitals in Gwadar.
He said 20 small and large vessels and 600 coast guard personnel had been active to prevent the spread of coronavirus among fishing communities. Brigadier Qamar told the governor that the coast guard had also distributed rations among 730 fishing families given their difficulties because of the locked regime.
He said fishermen associated with small scale fisheries had been allowed to carry out fishing activities up to five nautical miles through the use of small fishing boats given their economic difficulties because they were locked up. Speaking at the occasion, Ismail praised the PCG service for distributing rations among poor fishing communities.
He said state institutions such as coast guard have an important role in preventing the spread of coronavirus among people. He also appreciated the PCG services for illegal activities through maritime routes including smuggling.
The restaurant industry has faced serious problems in paying salaries to their employees due to financial losses they have continually experienced due to lockouts in Sindh for the past 15 days.
A delegation from the All Pakistan Restaurant Association said this to the governor when they called him at the Governor’s House. Various issues related to restaurants and their employees because of the locked regime are being discussed during the meeting.
The delegation told the governor about the hotel and restaurant problems related to the hotel industry because businesses had been closed for the past two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 among the masses.
Ismail said the locking regime in the province had been extended by the government until April 14 because the government wanted to ensure social distance and avoid crowds to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
He said the current government was fully aware of the problems of the business community in the current lockdown scenario as it gradually began to take steps to address the current challenging scenario.
The governor said he would contact the relevant agencies to inform them of the urgent problems of the hotel and restaurant. He said he would try his best so that problems like that were resolved as quickly as possible. The delegation consisted of Zubair Baweja, Shaukat Ali, Waqar Azeem, Sultan Azhar, Masood Kalia, Mansoor Baweja, and Saeed Qureshi.
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