Sindh faces shortage of essential medical equipment: CM

Karachi: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has highlighted the shortage of essential medical equipment to tackle coronavirus outbreak in the province.

Attending a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, through a video link from the CM House, Murad Ali Shah warned that an alarming 87 per cent rise in coronavirus cases have been observed in the past 18 days.

Chief Minister further noted that the provincial administration is facing an acute shortage of essential medical supplies such as personal protection equipment (PPEs) and testing kits.

Shah also added that the testing kits provided by the NDMA had some accuracy issues, as was pointed out by experts working with the provincial government, therefore they were not being used.

The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho, CM’s coordinator Haris Gazdar, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah and other key officials.

Minister Imran Khan has directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to coordinate with Sindh government and ensure the provision of necessary medical supplies to assist the provincial administration in its effort to tackle coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier, Sindh government had extended its province-wide lockdown with 830 confirmed coronavirus cases in the province – second highest in the country.