‘Was reusing N-95 mask given to me in China’: Alvi responds to criticism
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday issued a clarification after photos and videos of him wearing a N-95 mask at a meeting sparked criticism among medical professionals who claimed that personal protective equipment (PPE) was being “misused” by politicians.
On Wednesday, President Alvi — wearing a N-95 mask — had chaired a briefing session by the Punjab government regarding coronavirus at the Civil Secretariat in Lahore. He had also addressed the participants on the occasion.
According to some, this was particularly problematic as the government has been convincing people that only health professionals deputed in quarantine centres and isolation wards should wear N-95 masks.
Taking to Twitter Thursday, the president issued a clarification on the issue. “As a doctor, I am strongly aware of misuse and wastage. I was reusing the N-95 mask that was given to me in China.”