Govt to launch project to contain COVID-19 in urban slums

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: Consultant to the Prime Minister on Environment Modification Malik Amin Aslam on Monday will inaugurate the ‘Urban Slum COVID-19 Response Programme’ in partnership with the UN-Habitat.

Other teaming up partners for the effort consist of Shehersaaz, National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC), Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Trust (AHKMT), Aman, and Rawalpindi Waste Management Business, a press release stated.

The decision relating to the launch of the unique effort, which intended to respond to growing vulnerabilities of the urban settlements to COVID-19, was made throughout a conference held at the Ministry of Environment Modification, chaired by Malik Amin Aslam.

Attending to the conference, the advisor described that the project had actually been developed in reaction to the need highlighted by the prime minister for securing the lives and incomes of the most susceptible sectors of the society living in urban slums locations.

The total goal of the program was to avoid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in urban slums and empowering regional neighborhoods to reduce the financial effect of the infection, he added.

To Name A Few, the conference was participated in by the Secretary Ministry of Environment Modification, agents of UN-Habitat, National Cleaner Production Centre, Shehrsaaz and other senior authorities of the environment modification ministry.

UN-Habitat’s Nation Manager in Pakistan, Jawed Ali Khan informed the conference, stating that on the basis of the lessons gained from this pilot project would be released on a full scale in partnership with provincial and federal federal governments and other stakeholders.
The UN-Habitat would look for cooperation from the interested federal and provincial federal governments, UN Agencies and donors to sign up with hands in executing the PCUSRP at the nation level, he added.

The conference was likewise informed that the program was being piloted in Dhok Hassu and Dhok Mangtal locations of Rawalpindi, targeting 50,000 run-down neighborhood neighborhood members.

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