China has sent another consignment containing medical supplies to cater to the needs of medical equipment and other necessary stuff to contain coronavirus in Pakistan.
The National Disaster Management Authority has received the consignment on Saturday in Islamabad.
According to the NDMA sources, the consignment includes 59 ventilators, 936 kg of surgical masks, protective suits, safety lenses, thermometers, and 1720 kg of unstitched cloth for surgical gowns for the medical staff, which will be distributed among provinces equally by the federal government.
#NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Afzal talking to media after receiving medical supplies and disinfectant from Changdu, China. #COVID19Pakistan @pid_gov @PTVNewsOfficial @appcsocialmedia @RadioPakistan pic.twitter.com/X39rzU11dE— NDMA PAKISTAN (@ndmapk) April 11, 2020
Another shipment of resources from China was received by NDMA on Friday. The consignment included medical equipment such as PCR testing kits, mobile X-ray machines, Chinese KN95 masks, disposable medical masks and water-impermeable surgical gowns.
PM Imran Khan lauded assistance from China to Pakistan amidst COVID-19
A total of 1.8 million masks that China gave priority to Pakistan with medical assistance for the coronavirus pandemic as soon as it brought the outbreak in its territories under control.
The prime minister was addressing a gathering today where he said that the worldwide demand for healthcare staff and material had shot up in the wake of the pandemic.
“I read today that the US had opened visas for health workers to assist them in handling the situation,” said the prime minister, noting that it was quite difficult to acquire a US visa in the past.
The prime minister lauded China for lending medical assistance and supplies to Pakistan to help curb the disease.
China helps Pakistan through medical supplies
Earlier in March, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s Foundation and Alibaba Foundation sent a cargo plane carrying medical equipment to Pakistan. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan claims that two tons of supplies, worth Rs 67 million, were delivered to Karachi. These included face masks, test kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment.
“Collectively, the nations will receive a total of 1.8 million masks; kits for testing 210,000 people, 36,000 pieces of protective clothing, as well as essential medical equipment such as ventilators and forehead thermometers.”
The Chinese Embassy of Pakistan has been regularly posting updates on this whole endeavour on microblogging website Twitter. These tweets are constantly boasting the friendship between Pakistan and China through the hashtag #ChinaPakSolidarity.