LAHORE, PAKISTAN, March 11, 2020 — The Punjab government selected Baitulmaal board vice chair Iqbal Hussain, MD, along with the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute in Lahore as one of the area’s COVID-19 medical teams leading the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak that started in China.

The Institute, where Dr. Iqbal is the Chairman of Critical Care Medicine, will serve as a COVID-19 response center in Lahore, Pakistan. While Lahore has so far had no reported cases of COVID-19, establishing medical response teams is part of the country’s strategic plan to prevent an outbreak in Pakistan.

“Prevention is vital to preventing the spread of Covid-19,” said Dr. Iqbal. “It’s a good time for good hygiene practices like washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or hand shakes.”

Baitulmaal executive director Mazen Mokhtar said having leaders in areas from healthcare to logistics serving on the charity’s board is an advantage few organizations enjoy.

“Having access to this level of talent truly helps the organization excel in delivering quality services to under-served populations around the world,” said Mokhtar.

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Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and New Jersey as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya, Somalia and Pakistan.

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