Lahore : Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar received the special PIA flight carrying Rs 100 million worth personal protection equipment (PPEs) at Lahore Airport here on Monday. The material has been donated by Chinese provinces Shandong, Jiangsu and Ningxia to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in Punjab.
Talking on this occasion, the CM said that this donation shows strong Pakistan-China brotherly relations adding that China has always helped the Pakistani nation in every hour of trial. We are thankful to the Chinese government for sending PPEs as Pakistan-China friendship is intertwined through the bond of immortal relations, he said.
The material given by china includes protective suits, N-95 and surgical masks, gloves and disposable medical protectors for medical professionals and janitorial staff engaged in the battle against coronavirus. He told that eight BSL-III labs are functional besides issuance of notification of home isolation and coronavirus patients with minor symptoms are allowed home isolation.
He told that SOPs are formulated under the guidance of WHO and they will be get implemented. The purpose of easing lockdown is to restore economic activities and to provide employment opportunities to daily- wagers. I appeal to the people to follow SOPs and pay tributes to medical staff engaged in the treatment of coronavirus patients, the CM added.
Chinese consul General Long Dingbing said that Pakistan is a trustworthy friend of China adding that helping the Pakistani brethren in an hour of trial is their duty.
Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, Chief Secretary, ACS (Urbanization) and health secretaries were also present on this occasion.