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April 1, 2020

PPMA donates medicines for field hospital set up at Expo Centre

Karachi

April 1, 2020

A ceremony was held at the Sindh Governor House on Tuesday to hand over medicines donated by the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA) to the field isolation centre and makeshift hospital established by the Pakistan Army at the Expo Centre Karachi to treat the coronavirus patients.

The donation provided by the PPMA comprised of hundreds of thousands of tablets, syrups, capsules, and injections.

The consignment of the medicines was handed over to the officials of the field isolation centre and hospital at the Expo Centre. The PPMA delegation, who attended the ceremony, comprised of Dr Kaiser Waheed, Zahid Saeed, Farooq Bukhari, Illyas Nanitalwala, Adnan Peerani, and Sujaat Ali.

Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail appreciated the PPMA for providing the donation. He said the donation provided by the national pharmaceutical industry would go a long way in overcoming the shortage of medicines at this critical juncture of the country’s history.

The governor said the nation had always stood united and waged a unified struggle whenever any calamity or disaster had affected the country. He said the enthusiasm and passion shown by the Pakistani people to render humanitarian services during the present testing times was exceptional.

Speaking on the occasion, the office-bearers of the PPMA reiterated their resolve to support the nation during the present challenging times. They said the owners of the pharmaceutical industry would donate more medicines if needed.

On March 19, the Sindh chief minister had announced that the Medical Corps of the Pakistan Army had come forward to help the provincial government in the establishment of a field hospital of 10,000 beds at the Expo Centre to isolate and treat coronavirus patients. “The Sindh government would bear all the expenses for the establishment of the facility,” the CM said, adding that initially, the Medical Corps battalion would establish a 500-bed isolation and treatment facility in one of the halls of the centre.