Photo: Noor Awais Raza/Taraqee Foundation
To prevent the spread of virus in the education institutes and to protect the frontline health workers, PPE was acquired and distributed amongst the staff of hospitals, clinics and education institutes in highly affected areas of Balochistan. UNDP Pakistan, along with Balochistan Command and Operation Center, and Taraqee Foundation ensured efficient and timely distribution of the equipment.
Feeling safe has boosted the morale of the healthcare workers. Muhammad Sharif, Lab Assistant, Rapid Response Team (RRT), Health Department, Mastung District said, “We have embarked on this critical mission to fight COVID-19 because we are frontline health workers. But we cannot win this battle against the virus without sufficient protection. Shortage of PPE had created a critical situation where not only we were at risk but were also risking the lives of those around us.”
Meanwhile, Syed Atif Ali Shah, the principal of Hira High School is happy for his students and staff having access to the Personal Protective Equipment.
“We are very thankful to UNDP for providing us the much-needed masks, sanitizers and disinfectants to protect our students and teachers from COVID-19. Parents have been concerned about the health and safety of their children. Having PPE has enabled us to follow SOPs properly”.
PPE supply chain is strained due to the ongoing second wave of the pandemic. It is important to take care that the equipment is not wasted or misused. Appropriate use would preserve the limited available stocks and ensure that we do not run out of the lifesaving personal protective equipment. While using PPE, we must not forget to adhere to all the other equally necessary precautions such as social distancing, handwashing, isolating suspected cases from others and appropriate disposal of used equipment to reduce the chances of getting infected and spreading the infection.