LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has appreciated the service and sacrifice of medical professionals in their struggle against Covid-19 at home and abroad.
Speaking to media people after his visit to the Medical Sciences Service Institute (SIMS) here on Sunday, he appreciated the two British-Pakistani doctors who risked their lives in the struggle against coronavirus as part of the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.
He said Pakistani medical professionals around the world had made the nation proud and they served as ambassadors of the country in foreign lands.
Regarding coronavirus, Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was well versed in the daily situation of the country’s coronavirus pandemic, adding that the lock had pros and cons and the whole world was divided over its imposition as a tool to control the deadly virus because it had economic implications.
The world is turning to smart locking that practices locking variations and makes it easy to lock in areas with fewer coronavirus cases,? he added. The foreign minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan believes that the government must not be ignorant of the economic impact on the people in its decision to impose lockdown. Regarding protests by coronavirus patients at the Coronavirus Field Hospital Expo Center, FM said Punjab CM Usman Buzdar would examine it and fix the problem faced by the patient.
He said the Multan administration and all departments including civil defense deserve appreciation. For a question, Qureshi said the Covid-19 pandemic was a long struggle and it might take six months or more to defeat the deadly virus that has hit a large world population. The government must fight two wars against the corona virus and also starvation, he said, adding that traders were wary of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and wanted to lock it up so the economy remained stable. He said the government would develop a national strategy based on a holistic picture of the corona virus situation, adding that it should also be seen whether our health care system will be able to absorb pressure because the country’s health care system has a small number of ventilators. In India, the foreign minister said India was a heartless country and did not improve its path despite a global pandemic and unleashed a wave of new brutality against poor Kashmiris in Indian Occuied Kashmir (IOK), adding that Indian troops were attacking homes and killing Kashmir without shame shame and not return the body to the family. “I have written a letter to the president of the UN Security Council when I made close contact with the UN Secretary General on Kashmir,” he added. Regarding Chinese support, Qureshi thanked the Chinese government and people for their support, adding that the country was ready to learn from the best practices of all countries to defeat the virus. He said a 3 percent contraction in the world economy was forecast, adding that the economic downturn would definitely affect Pakistan and other economies. He said an economic slowdown would drain our foreign exchange reserves as well as foreign exchange, adding that Pakistan’s workforce in the Middle East was stopped due to a coronavirus outbreak. FM said Prime Minister Imran Khan raised his voice for Pakistan and 75 other countries when he called on the world economic body to provide debt relief after a coronavirus pandemic so the money could be used to strengthen health facilities for the masses. Regarding the accountability of the sugar mafia, Qureshi said that Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) believes in overall accountability and a forensic audit report on sugar will be announced to the public within three weeks. Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited SIMS and handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to medical professionals on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Hospital Medical Inspector Service Dr. Mehmood Ayaz gave an explanation to the foreign minister in the isolation ward and ICU facilities for coronavirus patients on SIMS in addition to establishing a 100-bed coronavirus hospital in Camp Prison, Lahore. Special Secretary of Health Nadir Chattha was also present during the briefing.
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