LAHORE: Two major opposition parties, the Muslim League (N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), have called on the federal government to increase the free trial facility to accurately estimate the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the opposition and PML-N in the National Assembly, said, "Monitoring and preventing the coronavirus is the most important way to protect the public from this disease".
He urged authorities to transfer Covid 19 patients from general hospitals to other locations immediately.
In addition, he suggested that marriage halls, schools, colleges, and mosques be used as quarantine centers.
Shahbaz Sharif demanded that the public be made aware of the number of patients being screened on a daily basis as there would be no use of 'concealing' the facts.
Referring to reports of an alleged abusive behavior with an elderly patient at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, he sought the training of medical staff so that he could handle such cases properly.
He said the training materials should include information on patient care, treatment, use of machines and testing.
Shahbaz Sharif, as President of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, met via video link with the rulers of these two areas, including PML-N general secretary Ahsan Iqbal, Khawaja Asif, Maryam Aurangzeb, and others. Party officials were also present.
Azad Kashmir's Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafizur Rahman briefed on their needs to tackle Cod-19.
Prime Minister Azad Kashmir said that they needed 50 ventilators, 15 portable X-ray machines, personal protection devices, and hand sanitizers, while Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister ordered testing labs in Gilgit, Skardu, and Diyar, a wheat quota for the area. And requested ventilators and safety goods.
On the other hand, the PPP also demanded that at least one percent of Punjab's population be tested to devise a comprehensive strategy for the spread of the outbreak.
The demand was made at a meeting of the PPP Executive Council Punjab, which was organized by video link under the leadership of Provincial President Qamar Zaman Kaira.
He also demanded the revival of the provincial government system in Punjab, which was suspended by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, and asked that it be used for relief goods delivery.