Includes 9,000 disposable gowns, 1,000 N95 Masks, 1,000 goggles, 9,000 latex examination gloves and 9,000 face masks. Moreover, it has 9,000 disposable caps, 5,000 hand sanitizers and 24 infrared thermometer. It also includes 5,000 antiseptic soaps, 1,000 face shields, 5,000 biohazard bags and 16,000 shoe covers.
Sindh frontline Health Workers get Protective gears from IsDB, KAAP. The King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Program for Charity Works (KAAP), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have donated COVID-19 emergency healthcare assistance. Thus, the gears were sent to the Director Health Services, Health Department, Government of Sindh to combat spread of COVID-19. The attendance in ceremony was by the IsDB Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Inamullah Khan, Project Manager Pakistan Mobile Clinic (PMC) Project, Mr. Murat Kavakdan; representatives of the Sindh Health Department, IHH Pakistan and media.
The Deputy Project Manager, IHH, Dr. Babar Khan Jadoon, shared details of emergency healthcare assistance arranged for the Sindh Health Department. Moreover, he provided an overview of the PMC’s operation and key achievements in Pakistan including Tharparkar and Umerkot Districts. An introductory video on IsDB’s KAAP and its activities was also on display for information of the participants.
IsDB and Pakistan
The Islamic Development Bank representative to Pakistan Mr. Inamullah Khan while addressing the event via video link shares that Pakistan is second largest beneficiary of IsDB. It has overall Portfolio of over US$ 13 billion in the Energy, Transport, Health and Education Sectors. It also includes trade development through import of Petroleum Products and LNG.
Further, IsDB has approved US$ 2.3 billion ‘Strategic Preparedness & Response Package’ for member countries. It is to mitigate and recover from impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Out of this, US$ 70 million is for COVID-19 emergency response for Pakistan.
“We appreciate courage, compassion, and commitment of frontline doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. And we hope to provide them an enabling environment through provision of PPEs” he added. He further added that KAAP, IsDB have identified a list of protective gears or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is for the healthcare providers working in Hospitals/Health Facilities and Isolation wards. And that they are designated for treatment of COVID-19 Patients in Sindh.
What’s there in the donation?
The donation includes 9,000 disposable gowns, 1,000 N95 Masks, 1,000 goggles, 9,000 latex examination gloves and 9,000 face masks. Further, there are 9,000 disposable caps, 5,000 hand sanitizers, 24 infrared thermometer and 5,000 antiseptic soaps. Moreover, there are 1,000 face shields, 5,000 biohazard bags and 16,000 shoe covers. Along with that, KAAP-IsDB in collaboration with PDMA and Health Department, Sindh is going to launch an awareness campaign. It is to create public awareness through print, electronic and social media. It will be in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh province for the prevention of this pandemic.
On the behalf of Director General Health Services Sindh, Dr. Yar Muhammad Khoso Additional Director, Health Department, appreciates the timely emergency medical assistance of PPEs for the frontline healthcare providers. Thus, he assured that it will be immediately provided to the hospitals, health facilities and isolation wards designated for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Sindh.
Pakistan and IHH, Turkey
The PPEs were physically sent by the KAAP, IsDB, through its implementing partner, IHH Turkey. While speaking on the occasion, Dr Yar Muhammad Khoso thanked the KAAP, IsDB for the generous support extended to the Sindh Government, which he said would immensely help in enhancing the safety of the healthcare professionals in fighting against the pandemic COVID-19.
He said; “the Sindh Government is making every effort to combat spread of COVID 19 pandemic.” Further, he informs on the steps Health Department took for treatment of COVID-19 patients and PPEs provided to the healthcare workers. Mr. Murat Kavakdan, stated that the KAAP, IsDB has provided emergency healthcare assistance worth Pak. Rs. 30 million to Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governments followed by a comprehensive public awareness campaign being launched to combat spread of COVID-19.
KAAP, IsDB through its partner IHH Turkey has been implementing PMC Project at a cost of US$ 25 million in 4 districts of KP and 2 districts of Sindh, providing Free of cost Health Services and Medicine to a large number of patients visiting the clinics on daily basis.