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Sherpao expresses concern over rising coronavirus cases

Written by The Frontier Post

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) provincial Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao Thursday expressed concern over increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the province and called for more effective strategy to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In a video linke address to the office bearers of QWP here from party office, he criticized the provincial government and said it seems the government has failed to deal with the situation and said the government should have to take more practical steps to provide relief to masses.

He suggested the government to freeze Annual Development Plan (ADP) and divert all the funds to the health sector to fight the coronavirus pandemic in more comprehensive way.

He said the government should adopt austerity measures to spare funds and equip the hospitals with ventilators and other necessary equipments to deal with COVID-19 patients.

Paying rich tribute to doctors and paramedics, he said they were the real heroes fighting coronavirus pandemic on frontline. He urged the government to provide them personal protection equipment for their safety and protection against infectious disease.

Sikandar Sherpao advised people to practice social distancing and adopt precautionary measures to stay healthy.

He asked the government to bring back Pakistanis stranded in Gulf states, particularly in Saudi Arabia, adding the government should increase the number of flights for the Gulf states and lower the air fare to facilitate the Pakistanis, who have become jobless in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hashim Babar, Asad Afridi, Tariq Ahmad Khan, Fazal Panyala, Prof Hameedur Rahman, Shamsher Khan, Iftikhar Zaida, Dr Alam Yousafzai, Amanullah Khan, Tania Gul and Eng Yousaf Zaman attended the meeting.

Later, the participants of the meeting offered Fateha for the QWP leader from Balochistan Jalil Mardanzai who passed away in Ramazan. The meeting also expressed grief over the death of a journalist Fakharuddin, who reportedly died from the coronavirus.

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