The Pakistani embassy in Oman, the Pakistan Social Club (PSC) and community philanthropists have teamed up to provide food aid to over 5,500 Pakistanis living in isolated Wilayat Muttrah.
Governing bodies in the Sultanate have taken stringent measures to curb the spread of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) and isolated Wilayat Muttrah because of the possible spread of the virus.
In this regard, the embassy, along with the PSK and volunteers, have undertaken to be available to the community members living in Wilayat Muttrah.
KK Ahsan Wagan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Oman, said this initiative started last week and has only been successful with the help of the Omani government and community members.
“I am very grateful for the continued support from the State Department, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and the Supreme Committee. The Ministry of Health also ensures the safety and well-being of the country’s citizens and residents.
“In consultation with the PSK, we, the embassy, have launched an initiative to provide food aid to Pakistani families who are locked up in Muscat and the surrounding area. We have managed to prepare and distribute a few food packages that contain the bare essentials, including flour, rice, sugar, cooking oil, legumes, dried milk, tea, etc., on the doorstep of the needy community members, ”said Wagan.
He added: “According to the ROP’s permission, the volunteers involved in this initiative successfully managed to distribute packages to more than 5,500 community members in Wilayat Muttrah on April 12th. We would like to thank all donors and volunteers who have volunteered to be part of this campaign. ”
The ambassador said that both volunteers and community donors played a major role in this initiative. “It started with the distribution of 1,500 packages, but with the commitment of Pakistani philanthropists, business leaders and community members, we strive to do more every day. I thank you for your contribution to this matter in such a critical time, ”said Wagan.
The ambassador said that they will continue to provide food aid in this hour of need. “Pakistanis who know other community members who may need this help can contact the embassy so that they can get help. Together we can. ”
Wagan has also consistently advised members of the community to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Supreme Committee and other government agencies in order to contain this global pandemic and not to get out of it unless absolutely necessary.