Pirates of death profiting from Coronavirus
The mystery of the smuggled face masks and fear of infection amid novel outbreak.
Lahore, 16th March: According to the reports of Baaghi TV, with the increasing toll of coronavirus cases in Pakistan, there is a huge demand for facial masks, gloves and medical protective clothing for the paramedical staff and the citizens also.
According to the recent reports, the General Secretary of the Young Pharmacists Pakistan, Mr. Furqan Ibrahim, has made an appeal to the PM and the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the criminal act of smuggling the face masks out of Pakistan to China.
According to his statement filed on the 7th of February 2020, Mr. Ghazanfar Ali Khan S/o Mr. Maqbool Khan Deputy Director of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), Mr. Asim Rauf CEO DRAP and Dr. Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to Prime Minister issued six permits to re-export face masks and protections to China by getting Rs.10 million bribe for each permit, which means Rs.60 million bribe for six permits.
According to Mr. Furqan’s report, at the moment there is an acute shortage of protections and face masks in entire Pakistan; even hospital staff and cops are not getting protections. When doctors, nurses and paramedical staff is not being protected, then how they will treat patients?
On the protest of Young Pharmacists, Asim Rauf CEO DRAP said, “if you would give me any slightest evidence that a single face mask has been sent out of Pakistan, we will take exemplary action against the accused”.
According to Mr. Furqan, they provided evidence on which Asim Rauf, CEO DRAP, replied, “These permits were issued on the request of the Chinese Embassy“.
Keeping in view the emergency state declared in the country and health facilities be provided to the citizens and the medical staff which include our cops (Police, FIA, IB, ASF, ANF, etc), hospital staff (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedical staff, etc) and teachers (school teachers, college professors, university professors, etc) are not being given face masks and protections against coronavirus.
They are not being given any pieces of training on how to protect themselves from coronavirus and help others. Ministry of National Health Services has made a helpline 1166, which is useless and aide to deceive the Prime Minister and the nation at large.
There is an acute shortage of face masks and protections in Pakistan, whereby all face masks and protections were re-exported to China with the aide of DRAP officials at exorbitant prices.
It may be noted that the government has banned the export of face masks on the 30th of January 2020 initially, then it was reported on the 2nd of February that 3 million masks were exported to China. On the request of the CEO DRAP, Young Pharmaceuticals have given the proof about the illegal smuggling of the facial masks out of Pakistan on the 8th of February.
Around 94 cases have been reported so far in the country and safety measures are being acted upon strictly following the government rules to close down all the educational institutes for three weeks and the closure of the social gatherings, marriage halls, and religious rallies.
It is requested to the government to make the face masks available to the citizens and the medical staff and to train them accordingly for their safety measures as well as for the people.