KP Cabinet for increasing corona testing capacity to 10,000
151 corona patients discharged from Dera
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet here on Friday decided to enhance the diagnostic testing capacity of infectious Corona disease from 300 to 1500 daily by next week and subsequently take it to 10,000 with the support of private hospitals and laboratories across the province.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan presided over the meeting.
Later, addressing media briefing, adviser to Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir said that CM Mehmood Khan specially directed the departments concerned to take testing capacity of corona virus to 1500 to 2000 daily by next week on emergency basis.
CM further directed to enhance the capacity to 10,000 with the help of private labs and hospitals. He also directed to take steps on war footing and extend the testing facility in all districts of the province.
He directed release of additional funds to DHOs and MSOs to improve the corona testing capacity and health facilities for corona patients.
The cabinet decided to improve health facilities by allowing purchase of more ventilators and by appointing backup staff in health department to deal with any emergency in case of corona outspread.
It was informed on the occasion that over 1200 doctors have already been appointed on contract basis while through Public Service Commission a total 2000 would be appointed. It was further told that paramedic staff and other staff would be inducted on walk-in interview basis and the cabinet gave approval to policy in this regard.
The cabinet discussed lockdown situation and precautionary measures in the wake of corona pandemic and expressed satisfaction on the effective measures as 151 corona patients have been discharged from quarantine centers in district DI Khan and being sent to their respective areas.
The cabinet was informed that there was no shortage of wheat or flour in the province and 165,000 tonnes of wheat stock in KP. Wazir maintained that the government was committed to facilitate the masses and bring reforms in the health sector.
The cabinet decided that supply of 5,000 tons of wheat would continue from Punjab and in case of any shortage more wheat would be procured from local farmers soon after harvesting season and in extreme condition it could be bought from PASCO or to be imported. - APP