The registration for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Corona Relief Tigers force is underway. The volunteer force will be used to take care of patients under quarantine and they from each union council would be tasked with delivering food to the homes of the most vulnerable segments of society in case of emergency. Volunteers will also monitor suspected cases at quarantine centres.
Registration will remain open till April 10 and people older than 18-years are eligible to apply.
— Prime Minister's Corona Relief Tiger Force (@PMCRTFPak) March 31, 2020
Interested people can register by entering their name, address, age, mobile number, union council and district.
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Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that a relief fund to fight coronavirus has been set up and urged everyone to donate.
The prime minister asked the Pakistanis to make contributions towards this national cause. “Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund-2020 has been set up to help us fight this pandemic. I want everyone to donate towards this fund which will be used to take care of all those who have been made destitute by the lockdown,” the premier said on Twitter.
PM Imran urged the citizens to send their tax-deductible donation to account number 4162 786 786 set up at the main branch of National Bank of Pakistan in Karachi.
Think tanks to help out the government?
PM’s Special Assistant on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr Moeed Yusuf has said that various think tanks could assist the government in organizing the ‘PM’s Corona Relief Tigers’ volunteers and their training in the light of the current crisis.
Speaking at an online meeting titled “Training of Corona Relief Tigers Force” organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Dr Moeed said that a national database containing individual-level details of volunteers regarding their qualification, skills and location needs to be automated using a management information system, said a press statement issued here.
The volunteer force will be used to take care of patients under quarantine and they from each union council would be tasked with delivering food to the homes of the most vulnerable segments of society in case of emergency
Dr Moeed Yusuf further stressed the need for a real-time dashboard which can be used to track engagement with communities. This exercise will be important for rapid learning and will also identify any mistakes being committed, he added.
SDPI Executive Director Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that think tanks and academic institutions can mobilize their networks for providing training modules and guidelines for the volunteers as well as the trainers, through IT-based modes such as short info-graphics and documentaries.
SDPI Joint Executive Director Dr Waqar Ahmed suggested that the government could piggyback on existing efforts by charity organizations, including Edhi, Akhuwat, Saylani trust to access the vulnerable communities.
Speaking on the occasion, economists and policy experts also suggested creating different hierarchies of the relief force at the community, district and provincial level and mobilizing volunteers based on their specific skills and training at different levels.