–Punjab govt to screen Punjab bound CAA staff after foreign duties
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday announced a special risk allowance, equivalent to one salary, for doctors, nurses, medical staff and others engaged in the treatment of coronavirus patients.
Briefing the media after the cabinet committee meeting on coronavirus, Buzdar said that 600 suspected patients had been cleared after spending 14 days in Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan quarantine facility and would be sent to their homes if their tests come out negative.
Provincial Ministers Dr Yasmin Rashid, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan, Chief Secretary, administrative secretaries and others were present on the occasion.
“The Punjab government is also arranging follow-up screenings in their respective districts,” he said.
The CM said that screening of prisoners was also being started as a summary had been moved to release 3,500 prisoners involved in petty crimes besides setting up a 100-bed hospital at the city’s Camp Jail.
He said the total number of coronavirus patients in Punjab was 312, out of which 176 were in DG Khan, 77 in Lahore, three in Multan, 19 in Jhelum, two each in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad, 21 in Gujrat, right in Gujranwala and one each in Mandi Bahauddin, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha and Narowal.
“The total number of quarantine facilities in Punjab is 163, having a total capacity of 20,000 patients,” he said, adding that work was in progress to set up more quarantine facilities along-with an increase in medical facilities.
He told that PSL level-3 labs will be set up in every division whereas Rs620 million have been released for the early completion of these labs in 5 divisions.
The chief minister said that Punjab government will be requesting that arrangements be made quickly to check Punjab bound Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) staff after foreign duties and also that the Punjab government be provided with their lists for screening.
He assured that cleanliness and other essential matters will not be affected and the administration will ensure regular cleanliness in all cities.
Buzdar also directed that the food-chain supply should not be affected, adding that there was no shortage of food and other daily use items so people should avoid unnecessary hoarding.
He urged the people to maintain social distancing and pleaded philanthropists to attend to the needs of the poor around them.
“There is no curfew-like situation in the province but people should stay restricted to their homes and cooperate with the government. The Punjab government will announce a social protection package on the pattern of the federal government soon,” he added.
It may be mentioned here that during the meeting, the chief secretary revealed that 150 pilgrims coming from Iran were kept in Faisalabad as the Taftan border was closed whereas there was no information about the arrival of more pilgrims.