July 29, 2020 – Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi hosted a reception at the Presidency in Islamabad to pay tribute to the health workers and paramedical staff for their dedicated services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reception was organized in collaboration with Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal that is an executing agency of Ehsaas program. At the event, President Dr. Alvi was joined by First Lady Samina Alvi, Special Assistant to the PM on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar, Managing Director Pakistan Bait -ul-Mal Aon Abbas Buppi, representatives of International Rescue Committee, dozens of health workers along with family members of those who have lost their lives during the anti-COVID-19 services. President Dr. Arif Alvi termed frontline workers as heroes of nation who had offered COVID-19 related duties at hospitals across the country. Earlier, the President also distributed souvenirs among the family members of martyred health workers and Eid gifts among those serving COVID-19 related duties. Acknowledging services of health workers, Dr. Sania Nishtar said, “During the pandemic, the government has played a commendable role to strengthen health sector by enhancing testing capacity from 450 per day to 80,000 per day, increasing number of laboratories from 3 to 128, training of 100,000 health workers and addition of 2,000 ICU beds.” While highlighting the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program, she added that it would benefit almost half of the country’s population.