Karachi: A Pakistani rescue organization with donors around the world, the organization has proposed to provide Sindh provincial government with the necessary medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to respond to the growing corona virus.
Coronavirus has become a pandemic worldwide and the group also says it is preparing to train personnel from public health authorities in the prevention and control of infectious diseases (IPC) in Sindh.
“We can provide essential medical supplies and relief items in addition to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Sindh government if we are formally approached and asked for the supplies by the authorities. We have donors spread all over the world, who are ready to send us medicines, medical supplies and personal protective equipment including masks, protective overalls, face shields and gloves”, said Syed Gohar Ali Shah, an official of the Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) on Tuesday.
PEI has donated substantial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Pakistan to supply materials and equipment to hospitals and health care facilities in Sindh and is available if needed Provide provincial health services and other the necessary sanitary facilities.
Rescue organizations say they are already training healthcare providers in infection prevention and control (IPC), an important area to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and, most importantly, coronavirus outbreaks, adding that their role will help provinces spread the disease to slow down. Stop the spread of the virus in the country, especially in Sindh.
“Poverty Eradication Initiative is already training the healthcare providers and hospital staff on infection prevention and control and our expertise in this area can help contain and slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the province. We don’t want any funds like some other non-governmental organisations. All we need is official correspondence and recognition so that we could satisfy our donors and supporters, who are Pakistanis living abroad”, Shah said.
He went on to say that they have been working in the health sector for years, that they have provided medical supplies and equipment to the country’s provincial and federal governments, adding that many public health agencies are taking advantage of what Prince Edward Island has provided them with Yes, buying them these supplies and equipment abroad.
“Recently we donated a handsome quantity of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to World Health Organisation (WHO) Pakistan, which they supplied to different hospitals and health facilities in the country. WHO has acknowledged this contribution in the global situation report while they have also felicitated us on our contribution”, Shah said.
In its March 5 Situation Report of March on COVID-19 updates, the WHO said “Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI) have donated PPEs including N-95 masks, gowns, tyvek full body suit examination gloves and face shields to WHO”.
“In these circumstances when hospitals in entire Sindh are facing an extreme shortage of medical supplies and personal protective equipment, PEI can be of great help if we are approached and apprised of specific requirements. At the moment, we have thousands of masks and other personal protective equipment available but unfortunately, Sindh health department is uninterested in the opportunity”, Shah said, but vowed to support facilities and organisations support and supplies to help people in distress.