Pakistan receives essential medical supplies from China amid COVID-19 outbreak

Islamabad: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced that a Chinese plane carrying essential medical equipment arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday March 25.

Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal – Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), stated that in an effort to assist Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19 outbreak, China has sent a batch of medical equipment consisting of 450,000 facemasks, including 50,000 N-95 masks to assist Pakistani authorities to contain virus spread in the country.

“More planes are to reach this week carrying medical equipment,” he noted.

The second phase of medical equipment from China will oversee the number of ventilators pushed up to 2,000 and an increased testing capacity with 1.5 million testing kits.

Chairman NDMA has been coordinating with Chinese government officials and various Chinese companies to ensure the timely delivery of medical equipment to Pakistan in wake of the virus threat.

Companies that produce medical equipment have been overwhelmed due to the exponential increase in demand. Countries around the world face acute shortage of essential medical equipment to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

China has successfully managed to contain the coronavirus spread and is now lending its expertise and medical supplies to the world in containing the pandemic.