Covid-19: Shortage of Sanitizers & Other Goods

The covid-19 has led to people hoarding sanitizers and other household goods and many are experiencing a shortage along with a sudden price hike.

Due to the spread of covid-19, people are stocking up on sanitizers. Scientists have not proven sanitizers and masks to be effective in stopping coronavirus. As the borders are closed, there might be a shortage of raw material to produce medicines. We’re already experiencing a shortage of sanitizers and other household items as people are hoarding up.

It’s reported that a huge percentage of raw materials used to produce medicines are imported from two of our neighbouring countries i.e, China & India. Pakistan shares borders with both but the pandemic has forced us to close down the borders. This has affected the trade to a great deal. There’s also a growing fear that we may see a shortage of medicines.

Apart from the shortage of sanitizers, if there are any available at stores, the store owners have increased the prices. For surgical masks, surgical gloves and other medical goods, the shopkeepers are using the same strategy. Hence, leading to a sudden price hike. To combat this, Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah, has ordered an investigation against such shopkeepers.

Covid-19 has definitely put a toll on other goods too, such as daily household items. People are stocking up on wheat, ghee and other dailies which can be stored easily. This has also resulted in a shortage and empty shelves in the aisles of supermarkets. The govt has allowed the local stores to remain open but even then, the people lack consideration.

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