Pak discriminated against Gilgit-Baltistan in the war against COVID-19 & nbsp | & nbspPhoto Credit: & nbspANI
Gilgit: A senior minister in the government of Gilgit Baltistan accused Islamabad of not providing the financial assistance and medical equipment needed to deal with COVID-19 in the occupied territories. Syams Mir, Information Minister Gilgit Baltistan said at a press conference that the region had not yet received its share of the $ 200 million aid received by Pakistan from the World Bank to deal with the pandemic.
“The openness of the federal government is that the World Bank is providing assistance to help Pakistan fight the corona virus, which should be distributed evenly to all provinces and regions. However, Gilgit Baltistan has not yet received his share. This is unfortunate,” Syams said. press that was recently held.
Gilgit Baltistan has reported 211 positive cases of COVID-19 and there are concerns that the health care system is not well equipped to deal with this situation.
Syams said, “There is a red zone declared in Gilgit Baltistan and we use it to start sampling in these areas. However, the necessary resources such as medical equipment, testing equipment, and laboratories are inadequate. Only one small laboratory is operating in whole territory “.
As part of the state that was once the prince of Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan has been under Pakistani occupation since 1947 and still lacks basic health infrastructure due to Islamabad’s negligence.
Gilgit Baltistan borders China and a large number of Chinese workers, engineers and security guards work here on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. It also raises concerns about the possibility of a rapid spread of the corona virus in the region.
The total number of corona virus cases in Pakistan has risen sharply to 3,864 with more than 500 new infections while the number of deaths has reached 54. The Ministry of National Health Service, in its morning update on its website, reported that four patients had died due to coronavirus infection within 24 hours lastly.
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