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March 20, 2020

Companies asked to ensure supply of masks, gloves

Lahore

March 20, 2020

LAHORE:The Punjab government on Thursday asked the pharmaceutical companies and suppliers of surgical instruments to ensure availability of preventive masks, gloves and surgical instruments in the market.

The instructions were issued in a meeting chaired by Minister for Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal in which provision of safety masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizers, surgical instruments, recommendations for their preparation at local level and their prices came under review.

Secretary Industries & Trade Zafar Iqbal, Additional Secretary Ashar Zaidi, Director Pharmacy, officers of Industries & Trade, President LCCI Irfan Sheikh, manufacturers and representatives of surgical instruments and pharmaceutical companies also attended the meeting. Those attending the meeting include Ali Zafar from Three Stars Medical Suppliers, Daanish from Avex Associates, Mohsin Ayaz from APSTA and others were also present. Mian Aslam Iqbal lamented over the shortage of surgical instruments in the market and hike in their prices. The government will not remain mute in these conditions as law has sternly come into action against price-hike mafias and hoarders. Hoarders and illegal profiteers will be dealt with an iron hand in this hour of need, he vowed. Traders will have to stand with the government and the masses to effectively cope with the situation being arisen out of coronavirus. He said that this global crisis will have to be defeated by making collective efforts. If anyone tried to exploit the difficult situation, he will be strictly dealt with, he resolved. Every person in the society has to play his proactive role in the war against coronavirus as every single life is very precious. PTI government will go to every extent in order to ensure protection to the people against coronavirus. The officials of health department apprised during the meeting that they have started purchasing preventive masks, gloves and other surgical instruments on emergency basis. President LCCI Irfan Sheikh assured about surplus availability of sanitizers in the markets. Representatives of pharmaceutical companies also intimated about difficulties coming across regarding ensuring availability of surgical instruments owing to wide spread of coronavirus across the globe.

patients: Provincial Auqaf Minister Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan Shah has said that in the light of the holy Quran and Hadith anyone affected by coronavirus is not supposed to offer congregational prayers because due to his/her disease other people may also get affected.

According to the government directions, public gatherings, religious congregations and other conferences should be avoided, the minister said while addressing a press conference at Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab, in connection with coronavirus.

Auqaf Secretary Dr Irshad Ahmed, Auqaf Director General Syed Tahir Raza Bukhari, other officers and large number of reporters from print and electronic media were also present.

The minister maintained that in the wake of the current coronavirus situation, all religious scholars had supported government’s preventive measures being taken against coronavirus. He said Islam attaches importance to cleanliness and hygiene which is also endorsed by non-Muslim nations today.