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COVID-19 & Inam Foundation

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The pandemic of coronavirus has shaken entire world. And Pakistan is no exception. With a fragile economy the country struggled to face with this global crisis that has been of catastrophic proportions for many countries.

akistan’s four provinces including Sindh had tried to grapple with the situation within their limited resources to stem the spread of coronavirus disease and salvage the economy.

Sindh being second largest province has also been endeavouring to fight this pandemic as best as it provincial government can, utilising its own resources and urging people from all segments of society to give their input as well how to face the situation with responsibility.

The lockdown that was imposed on March 23 by Sindh government was indeed a harsh step but that could not have been avoided to save millions of lives from falling prey to this contagion.

The lockdown was, indeed, to affect daily-wage earners whose number remained unspecified. Realising their responsibility all and sundry including various organisations have tried to do their level best to rescue these worker by providing them ration and other necessities of life besides reaching out to doctors, paramedics and other health workers.

Inam Foundation – a relatively new charity organisation in Sindh – also put its foot down to provide some succour to the needy in Hyderabad and other districts of the province. Spearheaded by Hyderabad-based PPP leader Sharjeel Inam Memon, the organisation is named after legislator’s late father. Memon is Covid-19 focal person in Hyderabad for Sindh government.

He not only overseen administrative issues relating to situation arising out of outbreak of coronavirus in the district but also continued his charity works under Foundation’s name. While Hyderabad was not affected by the virus in March (at that time) he made sure that Hyderabad district administration should keep its quarantine facilities ready.

Close to 1,500 flats of labour department – located on outskirts of Hyderabad – was one of those facilities at that time that was made functional at that time. It was this facility that housed a large number of visiting Tableeghi Jamaat’s fellows from upcountry who were infected by the virus. Tests of 116 of them turned out to be positive in March.

And most of them were kept in labour flats besides Kohsar Latifabad hospital. He got transformer installed and energised at the flats in shortest possible time by paying it required demand notice of Rs80m through Sindh government.

The legislator also took keen interest in shifting of Sabzi Mandi from its existing location to its newer site in order to see that rush of buyers, traders and labourers is divided. Under his directives district and divisional administration moved Sindh High Court to get stay order – passed early this year – modified whereby shifting of Sabzi Mandi was ensured, partly though.

This shifting has been pending for last two decades for various issues. The focal person also helped establish a helpline in Hyderabad for awareness among general public.

Besides these administrative matters, the MPA also keep supervising social welfare activities of his foundation of which he is the chairman. The charity launched awareness campaign for general public about different standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The foundation runs a free ambulance service which was perhaps first one across Pakistan that shifts patients from Hyderabad to Karachi or to other cities sans charging any free. He also used the very ambulances for spreading the word among masses about precautions against Covid-19.

The foundation also provided testing kits to a public sector laboratory besides personal protection equipments (PPEs) for doctors. The foundation donated 308 testing kits initially, 50 PPEs, 20 PPEs to People’s Primary Healthcare Initiatives (PPHI).

It also donated 1,000 kits to LUMHS in second phase and then 1308 kits. The distribution of ration bags through ambulances was also ensured among poor. Proper record of 20,000 bags was maintained including national identity cards (NICs)

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