Punjab announces essential items’ provision to jail inmates
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has announced provision of masks, hand-sanitizers and soap to jail inmates and staff in order to protect them the from dreaded coronavirus.
Addressing a press conference along with representatives of some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the Governor’s House here, he said: “We have decided jointly with the representatives of 12 welfare organisations of Punjab Development Network (PDN) that comprehensive measures will be taken to protect staff and prisoners in all jails of Punjab from coronavirus.”
Ch Sarwar said the first consignment of anti-coronavirus essential items had been handed over to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Prisons Punjab for Lahore jails, adding that masks, sanitizers, soaps, gloves and anti-germ shampoo would be provided for 46,000 prisoners and jail staff in the next phase.
Gohar Ejaz of the Lahore Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), Akhuwat Foundation Chairman Dr Amjad Saqib, Khwaja Shahzeb Akram from pharmaceutical sector, Qazi Azmat from the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF), Vice Chairperson Sarwar Foundation Begum Perveen Sarwar and representatives of 12 welfare organisations were present at the press conference.
The governor urged philanthropists to come forward and donate generously to the needy families in the wake of financial hardship due to the lockdown in the province, adding that free ration to 100,000 poor families in Punjab would be provided by philanthropists. - APP