Face masks donated by China arrived in Sindh on March 25, a press release issued by the provincial government confirmed, with Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressing his gratitude to the People’s Republic for its generous move in helping fight the coronavirus pandemic.
CM Shah received the 500,000 face masks — which include 50,000 N-95 respirators — at Karachi’s cargo terminal as flags of Pakistan and China were raised at the taking-over ceremony of the consignment, said a report.
“A Chinese special plane brought the consignment on Wednesday morning,” the statement said. “The chief minister, on behalf of people of Sindh thanked, the Chinese government for joining his hands to fight against COVID-19.”
Emerging successful in containing the novel coronavirus cases despite being the original epicenter of the pandemic, China is now lending the world its expertise to fight the virus.
Shah visits Saylani
Shah visited Saylani Welfare Trust’s head office in Bahadurabad, where he observed the ration packing system in their go-down.
The organisation’s founder, Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri, briefed the Shah about their ration distribution system. The chief minister distributed flour among deserving people to inaugurate distribution of ration.
Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh was also present on the occasion.
A day earlier, Pakistan had placed a ban on the export of personal protective equipment after the nationwide tally shot to 950. At present, it has crossed 1,000, with eight deaths reported from the COVID-19 virus. The ban includes N-95, surgical, and other face masks, as well as hand sanitisers, bio-hazard bags, goggles, disposable gloves, and gowns, according to a notification from the trade ministry.
The move came at a time when countries around the world rush to protect their supply of medical equipment as panic buying, hoarding, and theft spread over fears of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, with global health officials warning that stocks of protective gear were dwindling fast.