Lahore: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid recently held a meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s office with several philanthropists and welfare organisations to work out a strategy to support the needy section of the province amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to news sources.
Minister Rashid revealed that a list of labourers and street vendors was being finalised at the UC level to provide support to the deserving sections of the society – as per the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar. She also said that the government was working to equip the said demographic with living essentials like flour, rice, sugar, edible oil, soaps, pulses, and other necessities. She assured that the government was aware of the issues being faced by the masses amid the coronavirus outbreak – and was ‘doing its best’ to provide relief.
The meeting was attended by Executive Director Akhuwat Dr Amjad Saqib and Professor Hussain Jaffery, among other notable members of prominent welfare organisations. The attendees were informed that Akhuwat (a leading global free microfinance and social development organisation) had already launched a ration supply initiative for the country’s marginalised sections.