ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered removing all hurdles in the way of transportation of goods and opening all national highways to ensure smooth and adequate supply of food items from farms/factories to markets amid “panic buying” due to deadly coronavirus scare.
He reiterated his commitment to providing ration at the doorsteps of the poor and daily wage earners — who are said to be the worst-affected segments of population during the countrywide lockdown enforced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 — through a force of young volunteers he is going to formally form on Monday (today).
Mr Khan issued the directives while presiding over a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) core committee at the Prime Minister House.
The meeting was informed that the government had started providing personal protection equipment (PPE) to all medical practitioners, including doctors and paramedical staff currently performing their duty in different hospitals, and intensive care units (ICUs) and quarantines had been established across the country for coronavirus patients. In case of death of any of the medical practitioners during duty, he/she would be given Shuhada [martyr] package, it was told.