As the need is increasing, the shortage of face masks and hand sanitizers is increasing in the market due to the demand-supply situation.
Now both the necessities are unavailable at every medical store in every part of the twin cities for which the shopkeepers are saying that the cause is high demand.
In the twin cities, people are supplying homemade masks now which are doubtful in quality and all the health experts in every corner of the country are suggesting to use masks after washing them properly.
As per medical store operators, the suppliers were not able to meet the sudden increase in demand. The suppliers said that the face masks and the hand sanitizers dry up in no time after they reach the drug store. The main reason for the shortage was the overbuying of these necessary items, told the medical store operator. According to them, before the outbreak of the virus, the retail price of the face mask was Rs.10 and hand sanitizer was for Rs.140 but now prices have increased to Rs.40 per facemask and Rs.250 for a single bottle of sanitizer.
A few days earlier, China sent N-95 masks to Pakistan for all the health professional who is dealing with the patients affected by the coronavirus.
To deal with the panic, some pharmacies have also started rationing 2 face masks and 1 bottle of sanitizer to every customer. The supply of hand sanitizers is very low all over the country.
There are still some medical stores which are selling hand sanitizers at a reasonable price. But all the health experts are advising to wash hands for at least 20 seconds rather than using sanitizers.
The mainstream media is also helping a lot in spreading awareness on precautionary measures that should be used to stop the virus from spreading.