ISLAMABAD: 08, APRIL, 2020: Federal Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday has said that the federal government has decided to give medical supplies directly to hospitals rather than provinces.
While addressing a briefing at the National Command and Operations Centre, Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that 400 hospitals have been identified so far.
He further said "Initially, we have shortlisted 153 hospitals [for the provision of the equipment] having a minimum of five ventilators, including four in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, seven in Islamabad, four in Balochistan, 21 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 75 in Punjab and 42 in Sindh, in the first phase."
He added that the federal government had provided 39,500 protective kits for doctors and paramedics against the provinces’ request for 22,000.
"Balochistan received 5,600 kits, Islamabad 2,000, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 7,600, Punjab 10,600, Sindh 9,200, AJK 3,000 and Gilgit-Baltistan 500."
He said the country's capacity to conduct coronavirus tests would increase to 25,000 per day by the end of April from the existing 3,000.
Asad Omar said that "In the first phase, we will disburse Rs48 billion to four million families for which 16,923 distribution points have been set up across the country."
Around 12 million families will each receive Rs12,000 in phases.
The confirmed tally of COVID-19 patients in Pakistan has stood at 4,204 on Wednesday after new cases of coronavirus emerged in the country.
According to the national dashboard, during the last 24 hours, 208 new cases were reported.
The infected tally in Punjab jumped to 2,030, the highest number so far, while the confirmed cases in Sindh are 1,036, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa infected cases climbed to 527, in Balochistan 210 cases reported, Islamabad Capital Territory covid cases climed to 83, Gilgit-Baltistan at 212, while 28 cases were reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Moreover, 60 deaths were confirmed in the country so far, 18 deaths reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16 in Punjab, 20 in Sindh, three in Gilgit-Baltistan while two in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory.
According to data, 467 patients have recovered across Pakistan. (04)