KP announces Rs7mn for heirs of doctors, medical staff who die from corona


PESHAWAR: Adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on information Ajmal Wazir announced on Friday the provincial government will extend Rs7 million worth of financial assistance to the family of any healthcare professional who dies from the novel coronavirus.
He told a press conference that medical officers of all grades will be eligible for the package.
The adviser lauded the services of the doctors and other medical staff and said they are fighting against the epidemic on frontline.
Ajmal Wazir said in his statement that 146 persons have lost their lives to the epidemic while 2,627 cases have been reported in the province.
He told that 654 coronavirus patients have recovered in KP where 330 quarantine centers have been formed. KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan is continuously monitoring the situation, he added.
Expressing concern over the Covid-19 situation, he appealed to the people to stay in and take precautions. If standard operating procedures (SOPs) are not adhered to, the government will be compelled to restrict people to their homes, he warned.
“We have to fight against poverty along with the pandemic and the provincial regime is considering to provide relaxation in lockdown, however, those shops will remain sealed who do not follow the SOPs,” he said.
The adviser said the chief minister is himself monitoring the situation in the province. – NNI