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PESHAWAR: Because the province battles with the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the provincial authorities continues to induce the lots to stick to the COVID-19 customary working procedures (SOPs), masks, hand sanitisers, and gloves are nonetheless being bought at costly charges in Peshawar.

There isn’t any scarcity of masks, hand sanitisers, or gloves in Peshwar’s Namak Mandi, the biggest wholesale market within the metropolis. However as quickly as these things attain native markets and outlets, their costs are doubled or tripled, making it troublesome for poor folks to afford these necessities. 

Chatting with Geo Information, Muhammad Nadeem, a wholesale seller from Namak Mandi, mentioned the wholesale market has an abundance of masks, gloves, and sanitisers, due to this fact, mountain climbing their costs doesn’t make sense. 

“During the first wave of coronavirus, there was a shortage of these items in the market because of which they were sold in the black market. Hence, they were sold for exorbitant prices,” Nadeem mentioned. 

“This is not the case now, as we not only have imported items in abundance but local manufacturers have also stepped into the market to meet the growing demand,” he added. 

Based on Nadeem, a field of fifty surgical masks made in Pakistan is bought on the wholesale charge of Rs120, whereas a field of Chinese language-made masks is being bought for Rs160.

“This means that one locally-manufactured mask costs Rs2.5, while the Chinese one is for Rs3.20. Similarly, a carton of 50 pairs of protective gloves is being sold at a wholesale rate of Rs1,100, which means each pair of gloves is for Rs22,” he mentioned. 

Umar Khan, who owns a grocery store in Peshawar’s Saddar Market, informed Geo Information that the sale of masks and gloves has elevated over the previous few days.

“I had started stocking masks and gloves in my shop after the first wave of the pandemic broke out in Pakistan,” Khan mentioned. 

He added that he sells a single piece of surgical masks for Rs10 whereas masks made up of garments and bearing totally different designs are bought throughout the vary of Rs20 to Rs100, which provides him a good revenue. He sells a pair of gloves for Rs50.

However, Particular Assistant to the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Info, Kamran Bangash, informed Geo Information that through the first wave of the coronavirus, masks, hand sanitisers, and gloves had been bought within the black market at exorbitant charges, however the observe was later remedied by the federal government.

 “The prices of these items are now under control,” he mentioned.

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