ISLAMABAD: People staying at 'Panahgahs' or shelter homes, with pre-existing health conditions, are at higher risk of catching the novel coronavirus, and thus, its management has ramped up its efforts to ensure uninterrupted supply of hygiene products to all the facilities of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
"Since the Panahgahs serve a number of people which may carry underlying medical conditions, so it was imperative to take extras steps to keep the places neat and tidy amid the global pandemic," Prime Minister's Focal Person Naseem ur Rehman told the media at Bara Kahu Shelter Home on Sunday.
He visited the facility to review the measures taken by its service provider to ensure observance of the coronavirus precautions like social distancing and mask-wearing.
Highlighting the management's major initiative, he said a cleanliness drive title 'Keep Panahgah Clean' was launched to transform the scope of shelter homes from food and shelter towards promoting healthy lives at the facilities in the wake of coronavirus.
Under the campaign, he said politicians, civil society, private sector and affluent community members were being approached to procure soaps, sanitizers, gloves and masks for the shelter homes beneficiaries, which had been increasing with each passing day due to the reopening of construction sector and the advent of Ramazan.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2020.
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