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China to help Pakistan in setting up of hospital, UNHCR also pledges support

China received appreciation after it built 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan. China has now pledged to build a hospital in Pakistan to treat corona patients. UNHCR will also provide medical equipment to Pakistan.

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China’s Kunming University of Science and Technology has announced to set up a hospital in Lahore for prevention from corona and conducting research on this deadly virus.

The Chinese university will also donate corona-test kits, masks and gloves to Pakistan. Chinese Kunming University of Science and Technology and University of Health Sciences Lahore (UHS) have also constituted a joint research group. While a delegation of Chinese Kunming University of Science and Technology will visit Lahore next week.

According to details, University of Health Sciences Lahore (UHS) Chancellor/Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, UHS Vice Chancellor Dr. Javed Akram, Chinese Consul General in Lahore Long Dingbin, and Chinese Kunming University of Science and Technology’s VC Prof. Dr Lee Sung held a conference through video link at Governor House Lahore.

During the conference, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar and UHS VC Dr. Javed Akram briefed the Chinese authorities about the situation created due to corona pandemic in Punjab, number of corona infected patients and other matters.

On the appeal of UHS Chancellor/Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar and UHS VC Dr. Javed Akram, Chinese Kunming University of Science and Technology has announced to initiate joint work/research with UHS Lahore against coronavirus.

For this purpose, China’s Kunming University of Science and Technology will establish a hospital at Kala Shah Kaku Campus of University of Health Sciences (UHS). A Chinese delegation will visit UHS Lahore next week and collaborate with UHS doctors on various matters regarding types of coronavirus; prevention from corona; medicines to prevent corona and research on the virus. Chinese varsity’s doctors will also ensure complete guidance to Pakistani doctors regarding treatment of corona patients in Punjab.

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is dispatching core relief items in support of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The relief items include medical supplies and sanitation products such as sanitary clothes, soap and disinfectants. They will be provided to health facilities in support of refugees and host communities in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

On Thursday, four trucks carrying some of the many items left from UNHCR’s central warehouse in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; destined for Balochistan. More items will be delivered next week. “UNHCR is committed to supporting the Government’s COVID-19 prevention and response measures,” said the UNHCR Deputy Representative in Pakistan Iain Hall.

He said that the Agency’s priority is to contribute to the overall effort to minimize the spread and impact of the virus. It will provide medical supplies and consumables including personal protective equipment (PPE), which will be delivered to support the people of Pakistan and the Afghan refugees that they have so generously hosted for forty years.

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UNHCR is currently focusing interventions in three main areas: prevention and response; water and sanitation; and risk communication. The Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees (Ministry SAFRON) and UNHCR’s NGO partners are amplifying the Government’s messages and reminders based on WHO guidance on COVID-19 infection prevention and control, including self-hygiene and social distancing.