Parliamentary committee on COVID-19 meets for the first time
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said on Monday that keeping in view the need of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, 2,000 additional ventilators would be sought from China.
The Parliamentary Committee on Coronavirus Monitoring held its first meeting Monday, where the NDMA chairman gave a briefing. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar presided over the 25-member bipartisan committee of the lawmakers comprising members from both the Houses of the Parliament.
In his briefing, the NDMA chairman said that there are more than 3,800 ventilators present in the country as of now. He added that the public sector has 2,200 ventilators while the rest are with the private sector.
He said that on April 9, around 500 more ventilators will reach Pakistan.
As for the medical staff fighting the virus on the frontline, the authority’s chairman said that 29,000 medical kits have been provided to the provinces.
“137 hospitals have been allocated for fighting the virus,” he said, adding that medical kits will be sent to the in charges of all the hospitals.
He said that across the country 22 laboratories are operational in terms of testing and so far, 35,000 tests have been conducted.
The NDMA chairman said that the doctors from Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi will be trained regarding the ventilators.