Prices of masks and sanitizers high in Peshawar: As the province battles with the 3rd wave of the coronavirus pandemic and also the rural federal government remains to prompt the masses to abide by the COVID-19 standard procedure (SOPs), masks, hand sanitizers, and gloves are still being sold at pricey prices in Peshawar.
There is no scarcity of masks, hand sanitizers, or gloves in Peshwar’s Namak Mandi, the biggest wholesale market in the city. Yet as soon as these things get to local markets and also stores, their rates are increased or tripled, making it challenging for inadequate individuals to afford these basics.
Muhammad Nadeem, a wholesale dealer from Namak Mandi, said the wholesale market has a wealth of masks, gloves, and sanitizers, consequently, treking their costs does not make good sense.
“Throughout the very first wave of coronavirus, there was a shortage of these things in the marketplace because of which they were marketed in the black market. Hence, they were sold for outrageous prices,” Nadeem claimed.
“This is not the case now, as we not just have imported items in abundance however neighborhood manufacturers have additionally stepped into the marketplace to satisfy the growing need,” he added.
According to Nadeem, a box of 50 surgical masks made in Pakistan is sold at the wholesale rate of Rs120, while a box of Chinese-made masks is being sold for Rs160.
“This means that one locally-manufactured mask prices Rs2.5, while the Chinese one is for Rs3.20. Likewise, a container of 50 sets of safety handwear covers is being cost a wholesale rate of Rs1,100, which indicates each set of handwear covers is for Rs22,” he stated.
Umar Khan, who possesses a grocery store in Peshawar’s Saddar Market, told Geo News that the sale of masks as well as gloves has actually increased over the last few days.
“I had begun stocking masks and also handwear covers in my store after the initial wave of the pandemic burst out in Pakistan,” Khan said.
He included that he sells a solitary piece of surgical mask for Rs10 while masks composed of clothes and also bearing different layouts are offered within the range of Rs20 to Rs100, which offers him a decent income. He sells a pair of handwear covers for Rs50.
On the other hand, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Info, Kamran Bangash, informed Geo Information that during the very first wave of the coronavirus, masks, hand sanitisers, as well as handwear covers were sold in the black market at inflated rates, yet the technique was later on remedied by the federal government.
“The prices of these things are now under control,” he stated.