Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Adil Bashir, has announced donating more than 100,000 doses of the Covid-vaccine for the the poor, deserving, and needy persons to save the general public from the onslaught of the deadly third wave of Covid 19 – and to support government in its drive for maximum vaccinations.
After an emergency meeting at the APTMA House Lahore, that was called to discuss the effects of Covid 19, Chairman APTMA said that APTMA members have decided to voluntarily contribute to the cause and to bear the whole burden of importing and administering more than 100000 doses of vaccine to the public at large who can not afford to bear the exorbitant cost of the vaccine.
He added that the third wave of the Corona pandemic has hit Pakistan hard and this is high time that the business community and affluent class of the society should come forward and contribute to the welfare of the people. He said that as usual APTMA has again decided to fulfill its social responsibility without any delay or lapse of time.
Third wave of pandemic, connected with the British variant, is hitting Pakistan hard with daily figures for the past several days hovering over 100. On 17th April, 149 people died of corona cases according to NCOC data. Out of these 131 died in hospitals. More than 70,000 tests are being done daily and on 17th another 6127 tested positive. Most cases are being reported from Punjab followed by KP.
APTMA donated Rs. 50 million for pandemic fighting in 2020
Adil Bashir, Chairman APTMA, added that the severe impact of the pandemic suggests that the government alone could not deal with the situation. Therefore, the association has decided to shoulder the responsibility and donate generously towards the vaccination of the general masses. He recalled that last year also APTMA had donated Rs. 50 million towards the Prime Minister’s Fund to fight against the prevailing pandemic.
He has highly appreciated the role of Mr. Gohar Ejaz, Patron-in-Chief APTMA, for his initiative and playing a pivotal role in this great endeavour. Gohar Ejaz had previously been Chairman APTMA and is a prominent business entrepreneur who is known for his positions on matters of policy. Adil Bashir hoped that the APMTA members will always continue to contribute towards such a noble cause and set an example for the rest of the business community in the larger interest of the country.