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Federal government to provide personal protective equipment to hospitals directly, announces Asad Umar

Asad Umar announced on Tuesday that the federal government will directly provide personal protective equipment to approximately 400 hospitals across Pakistan as the country’s battle against coronavirus intensifies.

He made the announcement during a press conference with Special Assistant to the PM Khan” on Health Dr Zafar Mirza.

He said that healthcare in Pakistan is a devolved matter and thus it is the responsibility of the provinces to provide personal protective equipment to frontline medics in this time of crisis. But he argued that it was a time of emergency and that the govt’s decision to deal with the hospitals directly while circumventing provincial authority was prudent and timely to ensure that there are no more delays in the distribution of medical equipment.

We have identified approximately 400 hospitals across the country for this purpose. But we will prioritise 153 hospitals that have 5 or more ventilators before moving on to others, revealed Asad Umar.

“The provincial breakdown of these hospitals is as follow,”

  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK): Four 4
  • Balochistan: Four 4
  • Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT): seven 7
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: twenty one 21
  • Punjab: seventy five 75
  • Sindh: fourty two 42

Asad umar also revealed that the federal government has sent 39,500 testing kits to the provinces.

“The provincial breakdown of these kits is as follows,”

  • Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK): Three Thousand 3,000.
  • Balochistan: Five Thousand and Six hundred 5,600.
  • Gilgit Baltistian: Fifteen Hundred 1,500.
  • Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT): Two Thousand 2000.
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Seven Thousand and Six hundred 7,600.
  • Punjab: Ten Thousand and Six hundred 10,600.
  • Sindh: Nine Thousand and two hundred 9,200.

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