ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the cabinet committee checked available stock of personal protective equipment in the face of increasing coronavirus cases around the world.
At its sixth meeting, chaired by Commerce Adviser Razak Dawood, the Committee tracked the stock status and national needs of EPPs. Federal Minister of Development Hammad Azhar and Minister of Science Fawad Chaudhry, among others, attended the gathering.
An official statement reported that in the aftermath of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee checked the inventory of stocks of PPE products in the world and expressed satisfaction that adequate stock of PPEs are available in the country.
No complaint of scarcity from any quarter was received by the commission.
Dawn was advised by an official source at the conference that the committee only reviews inventories relevant to the national and regional emergency response agencies.
According to the author, there is no system to track the private sector’s manufacturing or stock of PPEs.
In addition to the traditional textile industry, the manufacture of PPEs has become a cottage industry in the country and has moved to the production of PPEs.
The N-95 mask is also being produced locally, according to the source.
The government checks the supply of stock before any decision to reduce exports is made. In the first step of Covid situations, the government authorised exports of PPEs with ease.