Chairman NDMA, Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, representatives of UN agencies meeting chief minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan: photo provided by DGPR

Staff Reporter

United Nations’ and donor agencies have assured the Balochistan government to support the province in health, education, mother-child health and nutrition sectors to mitigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus.

Representatives of UN agencies, donor agencies headed by chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal called on Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan on Thursday.

The meeting thoroughly discussed post-COVID-19 impacts on the economy, health, education, nutrition, and all sectors in the province. Chairman NDMA assured the chief minister that the provincial government would be assisted in improving its testing capacity and establishment of laboratories at the divisional level.

Regional chief of the UN mission, Mr. Julian assured that donor and UN agencies would extend all possible support to the provincial government in its battle against the deadly virus. Representatives from WHO, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA and other donor and UNI agencies were present during the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister, Jam Kamal Khan said that the provincial government was making all-out efforts to support the masses in this hour of trial. He said Balochistan needs to be understood and that Taftan was located 700 km away from Quetta.

“Despite all odds, we quarantined and supported the Zaireen coming from neighboring Iran to contain the virus”, he said.

Federal Minister for Defense Production, Zubaida Jalal, deputy speaker Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Babar Musakhail, and others were also present on the occasion.

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