The PPP Chair announced to provide a special package for doctors who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic
The PPP Chair announced to provide a special package for doctors who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO: AFP / FILE
KARACHI: Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has taken jibe in the federal government “for not providing” medical and financial support to the province to deal with the crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the Forum of People’s Doctors at his residence in Karachi on Tuesday, Bilawal said he had demanded aid packages for all provinces not only for Sindh “but instead of helping, the federal government created obstacles in our way”.
The PTI government’s response to Covid-19, he said, not only made Covid-19 cause locking to be less effective “but also further spread the coronavirus in the country”.
In an effort to create difficulties for the Sindh government, the PPP leader said Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, who is a representative of the federal government, did not sign the aid package regulations proposed by the provincial government.
“The aid package includes protection of jobs and salaries for the provincial community, discounts on electricity bills, reduction in school fees and discounts on housing rentals,” he added.
Bilawal also announced that he was giving a special package to frontline doctors “bravely fighting” a Covid-19 pandemic similar to that given to soldiers fighting against terrorism.
He announced the package after the third doctor, Furqanul Haq, succumbed to the deadly virus reported due to the unavailability of ventilators in Karachi.
However, Sindh health department officials, denied reports of ventilator shortages after starting an investigation of the problem.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said the provincial health authority had conducted 2,250 tests and 307 positive over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to more than 8,000.
He also said 237 of the 307 cases originated from Karachi. The chief minister confirmed 11 new deaths in Sindh, bringing the provincial death toll to 148.
At present, the national count of Covid-19 patients has exceeded 22,000. with 8,313 cases in Punjab 3,499 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 1,495 in Balochistan, 386 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 464 in Islamabad and 71 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
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