Islamabad: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar has intimated the dispatch of personal protection equipment (PPE) to Quetta for health-care staff to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the orders of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, a news source reported.
COAS Bajwa stated that paramedics and doctors were the frontline soldiers in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak. He said that the government was trying hard to procure medical resources and deal with the crisis efficiently.
In a separate proceeding, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered that PPEs be manufactured in Pakistan as the country had both the resources and facilities to do so. The court also directed the provincial, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and federal governments to procure and supply PPEs to the paramedics and doctors. The court also noticed that earlier health-care staff had staged a protest in Quetta due to the lack of PPEs for self-protection. Additionally, the apex court ordered the provincial and federal governments to record comprehensive reports on the progress of the SC’s orders regarding the fight against COVID-19.