ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz has once again highlighted the importance of the protective gears for those fighting the coronavirus on the frontlines.
Mayor Aziz was addressing a ceremony held for distribution of personal protective equipment (PPEs) including facemasks, gloves etc among the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) workers at the directorate of general health on Thursday. A welfare organisation distributed the equipment.
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The mayor said that the IMC employees were vulnerable to contract the virus just like other frontline fighters including the medical workers and security personnel. “We had distributed PPEs among the workers earlier and would continue to do so until the virus is eliminated,” he said.
Aziz said that the IMC was using all means and resources to provide PPEs to the workers serving duties in different quarantine centres and the city at the time of the global pandemic. Contending it, Aziz said that the staff would be able to perform their duties fearlessly and better with safety gears.
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The official cited that the IMC had written a letter to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the procurement of PPEs for its workers, hoping that they would soon receive the equipment they demanded from the disaster management authority.
Shedding light on the measures underway to curb the spread of the pandemic virus, Aziz said that the directorate of sanitation, water supply department, and Rescue 1122, and fire brigade personnel had already sprayed disinfectant in the entire city. The IMC would continue to do disinfection until the situation is improved.
However, the official reiterated that it was dangerous for the workers to perform duties without putting safety equipment on and added that the programme was also organised after addressing this need.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2020.