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Chinese varsity to set up hospital to fight virus

By Our Correspondent
March 28, 2020

LAHORE: A Chinese university, Kunming University of Science and Technology, has announced that it would set up a hospital in Lahore for prevention from corona and conducting research on the deadly virus.

The university will also donate corona test kits, masks and gloves to Pakistan. Kunming University of Science and Technology and University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore have also constituted a joint research group.

A delegation of Kunming University of Science and Technology will visit Lahore next week. According to the details, UHS Chancellor/Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Vice-Chancellor Dr Javed Akram, Chinese Consul General in Lahore Long Dingbin and Kunming University of Science and Technology VC Prof Dr Lee Sung held a conference through video link at Governor’s House in Lahore.

During the conference, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and UHS VC Dr Javed Akram briefed the Chinese authorities about the situation created by corona pandemic in Punjab, the number of corona-infected patients and other matters.

On the appeal of UHS Chancellor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and UHS VC Dr Javed Akram, Kunming University of Science and Technology announced initiating joint work/research with UHS Lahore against coronavirus.

For the purpose, the Chinese university will establish a hospital on Kala Shah Kaku Campus of UHS. A Chinese delegation will visit UHS Lahore next week and collaborate with UHS doctors on various matters regarding types of coronavirus; prevention from corona; medicines to prevent corona and research on the virus. The Chinese varsity’s doctors will also ensure complete guidance to Pakistani doctors regarding treatment of corona patients in Punjab.

Police, district admin role in enforcing lockdown lauded: Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat lauded the police and district administration's efforts to make the lockdown a success in the wake of the Coronavirus, saying that police and district administration officers and personnel were playing a key role in limiting citizens to their homes.

In a special statement, he said the most important step right now was to restrict people to their homes and stop their usual mobility.

Raja Basharat said that police and district administration employees were risking their lives in performing these duties for which they deserve special encouragement. He appealed to the general public to cooperate with the police and administration for their own safety and protection from the epidemic.