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Covid-19 treatment: Multan yet to receive medical aid from Punjab govt, says FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that he had learnt that hospitals in Multan are yet to be provided medical aid and supplies from the Punjab government to treat covid-19 patients.

The foreign minister said that after learning about the lack of medical support to doctors in Multan. He established contact with the secretary health Punjab and provincial health minister to resolve the issue.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that Punjab health minister and secretary will visit Multan today. He urged the authorities to focus on healthcare facilities in the south Punjab region and Multan.

The biggest quarantine centre was built in Multan, he said, adding that the pilgrims coming via Taftan border were kept in the southern Punjab city, for testing and further procedures.

He said that only those were sent back to their homes who tested negative for the covid-19.

FM said that he is grateful to federal minister Asad Umar for taking notice of the issue in Multan.

Punjab is the worst-hit province of Pakistan in terms of covid-19 cases. As of Monday there were more than 3,500 cases and 42 deaths.

While the government said it was making all efforts to ensure availability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the paramedics treating the covid-19 patients, doctors across the country have complained of shortage of safety equipment.

On April 12, it emerged that Multan had reported a large number of covid-19 patients, with hospital staff being most vulnerable due to inadequate safety measures and lack of PPEs.

Around 12 doctors and six nurses of Nishtar Medical Hospital had tested positive for coronavirus.

Befor this month, doctors in Balochistan went on strike, against the shortage of PPEs and resumed work after assurances from the authorities.

Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa had ordered military officials to dispatch emergency medical supplies to Quetta to meet the requirement.

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