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Govt gives nod to buy 6.2m mosquito nets from India

The Global Fund will provide financial resources to the WHO to procure mosquito nets from India for the flood affectees in Pakistan, say health officials

October 11, 2022
The Pakistan government decides to mosquito nets from India. Photo: AFP/file
The Pakistan government decides to mosquito nets from India. Photo: AFP/file 

ISLAMABAD: As part of its effort to protect the public from vector-borne diseases following the cataclysmic floods, the federal government Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the health ministry to procure 6.2 million mosquito nets from India.

The Global Fund will provide financial resources to the World Health Organization (WHO) to procure mosquito nets from India for the flood affectees in Pakistan, said the health officials.

The officials said that they are planning to obtain the nets as early as possible and are hopeful that these would be obtained by the mid of November via the Wagah route.

Malaria is spreading at a rapid pace in 32 flood-affected districts of the country where thousands of children are infected with the mosquito-borne disease,” they said, adding they are facing difficulties in its treatment.

They said that malaria has emerged as a major public health issue in flood-ravaged areas.

According to a report, the health ministry had sought permission to procure mosquito nets from India last month.

The official asserted that they had requested the Global Fund for the arrangement of mosquito nets for the 26 most-affected districts of Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan, where Plasmodium Falciparum cases were humongous and in response, the Global Fund offered to procure these nets from India if the government of Pakistan allows its procurement from its arch-rival neighbouring state.

“We have written a letter to the Ministry of Commerce to grant permission for the procurement of mosquito nets from India. If allowed, the Global Fund has assured us of arranging the required number of mosquito nets within a few days,” an official had shared at the time the ministry was approached.