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Pak Army Scientists Manufacturing Face Masks, Sanitisers: DG ISPR

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Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Thursday, while addressing a conference said that Pakistan Army scientists are researching and manufacturing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), face masks and hand sanitisers.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan and State Minister for Health Dr Zafar Mirza, DG ISPR said that Rangers personnel have been assisting the civil administrations with the security and management of various quarantine camps set up across the country to counter the deadly virus.

“Pakistan Army has been in action from day one to help the federal and provincial governments control the spread of global pandemic COVID-19. The armed forces are deploying all resources to help the public together with civil institutions,” Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said.

The chief military spokesperson said that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had instructed all the formations of the Pakistan Army to reach out to the civil administration at district and tehsil levels in their respective domains to handle the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier on March 16, Federal government gave No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the army’s sub-department, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DESTO), to manufacture hand sanitisers on an ‘urgent basis’, following its shortage in Islamabad.

To date, 453 confirmed coronavirus cases have been emerged across the country, with the provincial governments of Sindh, Balochistan, Punajb, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirming 245, 81, 78, and 23 cases respectively. The government officials have confirmed two coronavirus deaths both in KP.

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