To fight the pandemic of Covid-19, PPEs and protective gears are of high need. Pakistan starts producing its own masks, senitizers and other protective gears.
Due to deficiency of protective gears required by doctors and paramedic staff, the chances of contract with virus are high for them. Pakistan starts producing its own protective gears to save the fronline soldiers of this war.
According to the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, “There has been a huge shortage of face masks and PPEs ever since the coronavirus outbreak and now Pakistan can produce its masks, PPEs, and sanitizers”.
The Minister in his tweet said that Pakistan is now producing its face masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) and got sufficiency to export sanitizers. According to Fawad Chaudhry, testing kits for the coronavirus and ventilators are also under testing.
There was a huge shortage of face masks, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and sanitizers ever since the coronavirus outbreak started in Pakistan. As the demand rose, some people started hoarding these items and prices rose significantly. A box of face mask that was sold anywhere from Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 suddenly cost nearly Rs. 2000.
Associations of Doctors and Nurses in Pakistan said that more than 150 healthcare workers in the country have contracted the coronavirus so far due to a lack of the equipment necessary to protect against infection.
Healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic are worried for their own safety. Doctors who are examining suspected coronavirus patients do not have enough N95 masks, goggles, gloves, or protective suits.
With the self production of protective gears, now it is a hoped that medical and para-medical staff could gear up with good quality personal protective equipment which will reduces the chances of coronavirus cotract.
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has surged to 8,175 along with a death toll of 167 and these numbers are now rising rapidly as the testing capacities of provinces are increasing allowing for more tests every day. However, there are over 1,868 people who have recovered from the coronavirus.