Punjab to purchase 1,000 DRAP approved injections for COVID-19 patients

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Punjab to purchase 1,000 DRAP approved injections for COVID-19 patients

LAHORE,(APP):The Punjab government has decided to purchase one thousand injections, approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for COVID-19 patients, in the first phase.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee on Corona, chaired by Senior Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan here on Saturday.

 The meeting discussed in detail the current situation of coronavirus patients in the province and recommended that children would not be allowed in parks.

Similarly strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) at public places would be ensured while violators would be punished.

Presiding over the meeting, Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan said that there was no substitute for human life, adding that the government was spending all its resources to provide the best medical treatment facilities to the coronavirus patients, and provision of injections, approved by DRAP, was also part of it. He said that every citizen had now realised the severity of corona and in the same way every individual should fulfill his responsibility as well. He appealed to the general public to support the government in its ongoing efforts against coronavirus by adhering to security measures as much as possible.

The senior minister said that the government might consider tightening restriction again if more carelessness is shown by the public. He added that the principle of declaring “hotspot” areas is still being followed in the vicinity where more cases of coronavirus are being reported. Abdul Aleem Khan clarified that daily activities in the market should remain continue five days a week and implementation of the lockdown should be ensured on Saturdays and Sundays. However, medical stores would remain open 24 hours a day and general stores could open from 9am to 7pm daily.

Briefing the Cabinet Committee meeting, the Punjab chief secretary said that a crackdown on violators of the SOPs had been going on for the last two days in major cities of the province with the help of traffic police and positive results of the campaign had been witnessed.

The Punjab health secretary and other officials shared the statistics of corona patients in the province. The IGP Punjab, Commissioner Lahore and other officers also briefed the meeting about their respective departments.