Byline: Iqtidar Gilani
LAHORE -- Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Chairman Abrarul Haq on Thursday announced a relief package for those affected by the lockdown, including journalists, doctors, paramedics, orphans, widows, special persons, artists and daily wagers.
Addressing a press conference here at a local hotel along with PRCS Secretary General Khalid Bin Majeed, he said that healthcare workers and journalists had been on the forefront in fight against Covid-19 and a number of those had even lost their lives in the line of duty. He said the coronavirus had affected all sectors of the economy, and the media industry was no exception.
He said hundreds of journalists had been left unemployed amid this national crisis while scores were facing salary cuts and delays. Abrarul Haq said keeping in view the challenges, the PRCS had decided to launch a special programme to provide cash assistance and food package to journalists, healthcare workers, orphans, widows, special persons, artists and daily wagers affected by the coronavirus.
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He said under the programme, cash assistance besides ration packs would be provided to each family badly hit by the pandemic. He said since the outbreak of coronavirus in Pakistan in February this year, the PRCS had been sparing no effort to augment the government's endeavours to contain spread of the pandemic. PRCS chairman said a 120-bed Red Crescent Corona Care Hospital was built in Rawalpindi in a record period of 18 days, which had been operational since April 2020 and hundreds of patients had been treated there. He further said...