Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Zafar Mirza revealed on Monday that the Increased Training Fee (HEC) is inviting college researchers, scientists, technicians, producers and different Pakistani specialists, primarily based both within the nation or overseas, to submit proposals that may help the federal government in its combat towards the Covid-19 outbreak.
Addressing a press briefing alongside Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) chief Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal and premier’s advisor on nationwide safety, Moeed Yusuf, Dr Mirza mentioned HEC had constituted this programme to streamline numerous concepts from specialists and innovators right into a single structured initiative.
He additionally revealed that the fee can be offering beneficiant funding – from Rs5 million as much as Rs15 million – to potential researchers if their concepts are accepted.
“The government of Pakistan, with assistance from HEC, will help you in developing your ideas. And if your idea is practical and effective, we would like nothing more than to implement it,” Zafar mentioned.
The commercial issued by HEC.
“If you have any ideas against Covid-19 prevention, its treatment and on the affects that emerge from it, please submit your proposals to HEC. They have issued an advertisement in that regard. The deadline to apply for this initiative is April 3, 2020,” Zafar added.
In its commercial titled ‘Fast-response Analysis on Covid-19; Fast Analysis and Innovation Proposals’, HEC disclosed it was being assisted by the World Financial institution in its initiative to ask analysis proposals on a number of totally different themes concerning the remedy and prevention of Covid-19.
Round on resumption of flights in any respect airports from April 5 is fake: Moeed Yousuf
Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Nationwide Safety Dr Moeed Yusuf, in the meantime, mentioned it was not true that flights in any respect airports throughout the nation had been being resumed from April 5. He mentioned when flights do resume on April 5 at just a few airports, they are going to achieve this slowly and step by step.
He additionally revealed that there have been no extra Pakistani transit passengers stranded at any airport all over the world.
Yusuf additionally denied Pakistan Railways was resuming its regular schedule from April 1, urging residents to keep away from rumours and solely take note of official sources.
Steps being taken to extend lab testing capability nationwide: NDMA chief
Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal assured the nation that steps had been being taken to extend the nation’s testing capability.
Lt Gen Afzal mentioned Sindh had been offered 20,000 testing kits, Punjab 5,000, Balochistan 4,800 and that as much as 37,000 kits had been put into reserve.
“We’re also requesting Balochistan to identify sites for testing so that we can start building labs there,” he mentioned.
He added that Pakistan had flown Four to five planes to China and was anticipating China to ship 16 ventilators and 5,000 private protecting gear by tomorrow.
“Uptil now, we’ve booked 3,000 ventilators. But keep in mind, we don’t expect all of them to arrive given their current demand around the world,” cautioned Lt Gen Afzal.