Imran Khan fears no space to be left in ICUs by April end across Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Requesting the nation for adopting precautionary measures, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed the fear that by the end of April no space would be left in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across Pakistan, if the number of patients multiplied with the same rate.
Talking to media in Islamabad about coronavirus situation, PM Imran said the country was set to face acute shortage of ventilators if people did not observe social-distancing and the number of coronavirus patients grew with the same rate. He said the government was fighting against coronavirus.
“The entire world is facing shortage of ventilators including the United States,” he said.
The prime minister said if the masses did not take precautionary measures against the viral disease then it would become difficult for the government to cope with the situation.
He said the only remedy for coronavirus was self-care. He warned that the situation could grow worse.
“People here give charity for they believe in Allah (SWT) and want to work for His creation,” he said adding that giving relief to poor segment was the biggest challenge for the government.
All the provinces had been provided protective kits and ventilators, he said.
PM Khan once again asked the nation not to take the coronavirus disease lightly and strictly follow the self-distancing measures. “85 percent of the patients get recovered. Rs144 billion financial aid will be distributed at 17,000 different places countrywide,” he said.