Pandemic went out of control due to govt incompetence, Bilawal says

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed concern over the spread of COVID-19 in the country and said that the pandemic has gone out of control in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to government incompetence.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, “the spread of the deadly pandemic could have been controlled through a timely lockdown”. He expressed his condolences to the families of those killed by the corona virus across the country.

In a statement, the PPP Chairman said that his party stood by health workers across the country in this difficult time as the third wave of corona virus sweeps the country adding that mass vaccination is the only way to avoid the economic problems caused by the corona virus.

“Imran Khan must understand that it is not possible to accelerate economic activities in the country without controlling the corona virus,” he added.

PPP Chairman further said that Imran Khan would have to account for every single rupee of the Corona Virus Relief Fund and he should also tell the people what happened to his so-called Tiger Force that was formed to implement the SOPs of Corona virus.

He said that the third wave of COVID-19 was caused by the British variant which has spread through the country due to sheer governmental incompetence in ensuring strict surveillance, isolation and tracing at airports.

“How can we expect a common man  to take care of SOPs in a country where the Prime Minister himself does not follow government advisories and refuses to take mandate health regulations  seriously?”,he questioned.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the trend of voluntary action on SOPs in the country has petered out due to the PTI government’s ineffective awareness campaign against coronavirus, he added.

PPP Chairman said If the vaccination continues at the current rate, only 20% of the population in Pakistan will be vaccinated in more than three years, he said adding that if the government had the will, it could have procured vaccines in large quantities well in time. Sadly Imran Khan’s government has only been concerned in free handouts from friendly countries, abdicating all governmental responsibility to its citizens.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that if China did not donate the vaccine, the process of providing doses to front line health workers in Pakistan would not have started immediately.

He said that a single dose of vaccine available for a few hundred rupees in the world costs thousands of rupees in Pakistan. COVID-19 vaccine is a basic human right, which should be provided free of charge or at least at the real world market price.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pinpointed that 73,337 out of every 1 million people in Sindh underwent COVID-19 tests, while 40,035 out of every 1 million people in Punjab underwent COVID-19 tests.

He pledged that Sindh government despite its limited resources and powers would spare no effort to save the people of the province from COVID-19 adding that PPP will continue to expose the incompetence of the selected government at every forum for its failure in dealing with the virus.