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Rs13 bln distributed under Ehsaas Programme so far: Asad Umar

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 11: Planning Minister Asad Umar says 13 billion rupees have been distributed among 1.1 million people under the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program so far.

Briefing media along with Special Assistant on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza in Islamabad on Saturday, he said Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme is unprecedented in the history of Pakistan under which 144 billion rupees will be distributed among 12 million people of the country.

Asad Umar appreciated the arrangements made for the distribution of cash among the deserving people.

Planning Minister said 1.7 million surgical masks have been distributed by National Disaster Management Authority as yet, and the figure also includes 75,000 N-95 masks. He said 73,000 protective clothes have also been provided to frontline health staff. He said 137,000 surgical caps have also been distributed among the staff.

He said fourteen PCR machines have been brought into the country. He said more than twenty-six labs have become operational to hold tests across the country.

Asad Umar said we have received testing kits for holding 100,000 tests. Of these, 50,000 will be sent to Sindh. He said with improved capacity tests on a daily basis have increased to 2,500 to 3,000. He said a full-fledged team has been constituted at National Command and Operation Centre which will work in close coordination with the provinces.

Planning Minister said tracking is also being increased to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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