LAHORE (News Desk): Jamaat-i-Islami emir Senator Sirajul Haq on Tuesday offered all the medical facilities and ambulance services of his party in different cities to the federal and provincial governments for assisting their efforts against coronavirus spread. Talking to party workers at the party headquarters, Mansoora, he announced support to federal and provincial governments in mitigating the threat of coronavirus outbreak. He said the entire nation should demonstrate unity and political forces should put on the back-burner their mutual differences to cope with the pandemic. He said the masses should not panic and take all the precautionary measures against the virus. He also emphasised that the government teams should focus on preparations to handle the situation instead of issuing statements. He said the government should take strict action against the hoarders and those selling essential food items at higher prices Senator Siraj demanded the government should waive off gas and electricity bills of the citizens earning below Rs25,000 per month as the virus outbreak had almost closed down businesses, effecting millions of labourers and their families across the country. He reminded the rulers of their responsibility to provide relief to the masses in these testing times. The JI chief backed the prime minister’s demand that rich countries should waive off the loans of the poor nations in order to help the latter curb spread of the COVID-19. He welcomed the announcement made by some international financial institutions to cut benchmark interest to almost zero, appealing to the government to take the similar measures to support the economy of the country. “Pakistan cannot be put on the path to development without getting rid of the interest-based economy,” he added. The General Hospital in Ghulam Muhammadabad wears a deserted look as the district administration converted it into a treatment facility for coronavirus patients only. All patients being treated here were shifted to the Allied and DHQ hospitals, and banners had been displayed at various spots that only coronavirus suspects would be treated at the infirmary. No case of the virus has so far emerged in Faisalabad and arrangements have been made by the district administration to tackle suspects. A district government officer said they had not taken over any educational institution to quarantine suspected cases. So far no positive case had been detected here and screening was actively under way to check those landing in Faisalabad. He said the Ghulam Muhammadabad hospital had 250 beds and separate beds had been allocated for suspects and positive cases of the virus. Any suspected cases in the entire district will be transferred to the Ghulam Muhammadabad Hospital, he said, adding that all officials of state-run hospitals had been informed in this regard. He said the hospital staff had also been directed to wear masks and gloves to avoid contact with carriers of the virus. “We have shifted the general patients to the Allied and DHQ hospitals for their treatment and no new patient except coronavirus will be admitted to the Ghulam Muhammad Abad hospital,” he added. Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali said the hospital would exclusively facilitate coronavirus suspects, who would be quarantined in two separate premises here. He further said they had established a quarantine facility for 2,700 suspects and one exclusive hospital for 250 patients. Another facility with 400 beds is also available in case of emergency. “We have all paraphernalia for both hospital and quarantine,” he claimed.