Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal—the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that Pakistan is now capable of conducting 30,000 to 40,000 tests of the novel coronavirus per day and the medical facilities in the country will be doing that in the coming days.
The Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) held a press conference with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) Lieutenant General (retd) Nadeem Ahmed on Monday.
The chairman NDMA Afzal said that the medical equipment was mainly brought from the neighboring country China. He said that the medical equipment includes ventilators, x-ray machines and personal protective equipment for front-line doctors and paramedics. He further confirmed that more medical equipment will be brought soon.
On the other hand, the CEO of the NDRMF spoke about the funds that have been received to fight against the coronavirus pandemic and how these funds will be spent.
“The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will fund us an additional $105 million that will be used to buy more medical equipment,” said NDRMF CEO Lieutenant General (retd) Ahmed.
During the press conference, he said that we will use the 60 million US dollars that the World Bank is giving Pakistan to create employment opportunities and make up for some of the socio-economic deprivation.
The CEO NDRMF Lieutenant General (retd) Ahmed further said that a France-based bank will also provide a loan of around 40 million US dollars to Pakistan and that amount could be used to equip the country efficiently against the increasing cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).