Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday ordered the immediate activation of Corona Tiger Forces at the provincial level because around 739,000 young people had registered to join voluntary bodies for relief work during locking.
During a meeting with the prime minister, Usman Dar’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs updated him and consulted him about troop operational issues. The prime minister said he was satisfied with the report, a PM Office press release said.
At the direction of the prime minister, Tiger Force’s direct update has also been published and linked to the official Covid-19 portal owned by the government. Now people can see the troop direct updates at http://crt.covid.gov.pk.
Usman Dar told the prime minister that the majority of those who had registered for volunteer forces were students and social workers, in addition to doctors, political workers, engineers, teachers, lawyers, journalists, retired army officers and people from the corporate sector.
Among the total people registered, 494,000 came from Punjab, 111,000 from Sindh, 102,000 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10,000 from Islamabad, 9,000 from Balochistan, and 8,000 from Azad Kashmir.
The prime minister praised the enthusiasm shown by youth and said he hoped such a national spirit by them in difficult times. Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government took all possible steps to equip doctors and medical staff with the necessary protective equipment based on priority.
He chaired a meeting held here to review the Coronavirus situation in the country. NDMA Chair Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal and Special Assistant for Health Dr Zafar Mirza gave a brief explanation to the prime minister about the latest situation of the coronavirus and the steps taken to treat people affected by the disease.
The prime minister was informed that currently 3300 ventilators are available in 136 hospitals throughout the country, and NDMA is in direct contact with hospital administration to ensure the provision of protection kits to doctors and other medical workers. The NDMA Chairperson told the participants that with 49,500 protective equipment had been provided to various hospitals in all provinces, the provision of more protective equipment to the hospital would be completed within one or two days. Participants were told that special attention was given to increasing the capacity of corona virus testing every day and in this case, steps were taken as a priority. In addition, steps are also taken to ensure the availability of their technical and training staff.
The prime minister, when talking about the sustainability of economic activity amid the situation arising from the coronavirus outbreak with a special focus on providing assistance to the poor after the comprehensive incentive package announced by him for the construction industry, directed that the outcome of the revival of this sector must reach the poor and oppressed especially laborers. He said the funds allocated for the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) must be used for projects related to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
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