P-HC-UK Zakaria appreciates MPFT

By Staff Reporter
Friday – July 24, 2020
LONDON (United Kingdom): Pakistani high commissioner to United Kingdom (P-HC-UK) Mohammad Nafees Zakaria met with a delegation of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) led by its chief executive Neil Carr, Wednesday, the two sides discussed the situation arising from pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus) and future collaboration between health sectors of the two countries.

According to an official statement, P-HC-UK Zakaria welcomed the ongoing cooperation of MPFT with Pakistan’s health sector, particularly its continued collaboration with the medical corps of Pakistan armed forces.

He said the ongoing pandemic is a global challenge which needs global cooperation and paid rich tribute to the brave heart United Kingdom’s (UK) national health service (NHS) doctors and health workers for their heroic role in fighting the pandemic and saving lives.

P-HC-UK Zakaria commended the British Pakistani medical professionals for their excellent work and sacrifices rendered during the pandemic.

He briefed the delegation on the situation in Pakistan in the wake of pandemic crisis and highlighted that early measures to check the spread of coronavirus, initially imported, turned out to be effective in containing infections and fatalities countrywide.

P-HC-UK Zakaria said with ever increasing global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), Pakistan has been able to develop some more niche products in this category for export, particularly to the UK.

Pakistan’s well developed textile sector came handy in this regard. Owing to this, the country is now producing masks including the N95 masks, gloves, goggles, face shields (visors), gowns, shoe covers, hand sanitisers, contactless thermometers and hospital bed sheets of international quality for export.

Some samples of these Pakistani products have been shared with important institutions and potential buyers in the UK, he added.

P-HC-UK Zakaria shared that Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and science and technology ministry have developed good quality ventilators meeting international export standards.

He presented conformitè europëenne (CE) certified Pakistani manufactured PPE ‘face shields’ to MPFT chief executive Carr as a goodwill gesture.

The later thanked P-HC-UK for his thoughtfulness and efforts to promote bilateral cooperation and assured of working towards further consolidation of the relationship between MPFT and Pakistan’s health sector.

MPFT chief executive Carr hoped for more knowledge and expertise sharing at the institutional level in future for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The Pakistan Britain Business Council (PBBC) chairman Julian Hamilton Barns also spoke on the occasion and said there was a great scope of increasing PPE category imports from Pakistan to the world, particularly to the UK.

The guests were served with Pakistani mangoes which they thoroughly enjoyed.

MPFT chief executive Carr was accompanied by MPFT medical director Abid Khan and MPFT associate medical director Muhammad Gul.