Over 100,000-ton PPE arrive from China: NDMA
ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal Wednesday said that 11 flights carrying 1,001,54 ton safety items had so far arrived here from China.
Addressing a news conference, he said NDMA was given 50 million dollars for procuring the equipment. NDMA has so far spent half of the amount.
The country’s COVID-19 testing capacity should be 50,000 as resources are abound.
The current COVID-19 testing average is 11,500 and need is to enhance it up to optimum level.
He said that country had only five laboratories in March as comparing to 70 laboratories right now.
NDMA is procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from local market except ventilators. NDMA has the stocks of one month available.
Pakistan had indeed started producing N-95 masks, he added.
A transparent system has been devised for maintaining transparency in purchasing safety items.
He said a total of four committees had been constituted for ensuring transparency in purchases.
Another committee namely Strategic Response, Coordination Implementation Committee, headed by chairman NDMA has also been working for evaluating needs, deciding purchase mechanism, to meet demands of provinces and distribution and to ensure Government decision implementation.
He said safety items were being purchased through a competitive tendering process.
N-95 masks are available at Rs 300 from Rs 2,000. While ordinary mask is available at Rs 9 or Rs 10 per item.
He said in March, it was challenge to provide masks to frontline 22,000 doctors and paramedics. 39,500 PPE were provided to 22,000 frontline doctors by April 5.
A transparent distribution system has been put in place to directly deliver safety equipment to hospitals, he said adding that NDMA had established 300 beds quarantine centre at Haji camp Islamabad. - APP