Rs5bn fund set up to combat coronavirus in Punjab by CM Usman Buzdar
LAHORE: A special fund worth 5 billion rupees has been set up in Punjab to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected 297 people across Pakistan, Prime Minister Usman Buzdar said on Wednesday.
A fund worth 5 billion rupees was supposed to stop the spread of the virus in the province. This is in addition to the amount of 236 million rupees allocated to the Punjab Ministry of Health prior to the National Security Committee (KNB) meeting. subsequently this amount was increased to 1 billion rupees in accordance with the state government’s commitment.
Speaking to the media, Buzdar said he had visited the quarantine center, checked everything there, and was informed of the latest events. “There are 189 suspects [cases of coronavirus] in Punjab, 143 were negative, 28 were positive, 46 were hospitalized and 38 results were expected,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said the Punjab government “first raised the issue of the crown [of the virus] on January 3, and we immediately set up a control room in our health department and a government committee that monitors the situation daily”.
Recalling that the measures discussed at the high-level NSC meeting were implemented unchanged in the provinces.