Meet volunteer Unsung Heroes Disinfect Quarantine Centers for Returning Pakistanis

A group of volunteers arrived at a local hotel in Islamabad to disinfect the premises before 250 stranded Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia were brought to the facility by the authorities who recently turned the building into a quarantine center.

The young members of the team belonged to AlMustafa Scouts who were forced to temporarily discontinue their education due to the COVID-19 situation.

“Al-Mustafa Scouts is an open group of individuals that seeks to serve Pakistan,” said the team leader, Shabih-ul-Hassan, while standing outside one of 16 quarantine centers in the federal capital. “We are not going to let this virus hold us hostage and confine us to our homes.”

The scouts claimed they were self-funded and supported by their families.
Equipped with face shields, masks, gloves, and chlorine-based disinfectant spray containers, the group is asked to cleanse quarantine centers by the Islamabad administration before the repatriated Pakistani nationals arrive at the facility and after they leave the accommodation.

Pakistan recently introduced special flights to bring back its citizens from other countries. Many of these people were stranded abroad due to the suspension of international flights after much of the world went into a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The incoming Pakistani nationals also include those expatriate workers who lost their jobs as businesses around the world suffered huge losses due to the global economic downturn triggered by the pandemic.

According to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, some 60,000 overseas Pakistanis intend to return to their country and the government was hoping to bring them back before the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr.
Arab News was given a rare opportunity to visit a quarantine facility and captured in this video what Pakistani nationals should expect upon their return to the country.

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