ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Wednesday asked the medical universities to undertake research while following international research standards to address the challenges of health sector, with special focus on diseases like COVID-19.
He was chairing a meeting of the vice chancellors of medical universities in Islamabad about the coronavirus.
The vice chancellors briefed the meeting about healthcare initiatives taken by their respective medical institutions in view of the corona pandemic.
It was told that the universities have established an information technology infrastructure to provide online education and continue other academic activities.
The president appreciated the important role being played by the health professionals and medical universities in the prevailing situation of COVID-19.
Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Corona Philanthropy Drive Khurshid Alam on Wednesday said over 3.5 billion rupees have so far been donated to Prime Minister Relief Fund to help the people who have lost their jobs in the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
He said people from all walks of life, government departments, private organizations and philanthropists are contributing to the Relief Fund.
The Focal Person said the Prime Minister will soon announce start of disbursement of the Fund among the deserving people.
He said every Pakistani who sends a blank SMS at 6677 will donate twenty rupees to the Fund. He said mobile phone companies will add twenty rupees to every message received by them. He said the government will contribute to the Fund by four times against the amount received in the Fund.