Karachi, March 31, 2020 (PPI-OT): As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to march across Pakistan, law enforcements have turned to proven public health measures, such as social distancing, to physically disrupt the contagion. Yet, doing so has severed the flow of goods and people and halted online delivery services causing people to break the barriers of social distancing, an issue addressed by the CEO of foodpanda Nauman Sikander Mirza in his recent appeal to the government and stakeholders.
Nauman Sikandar Mirza posted a video on his social media handle last evening with a plausible appeal to keep people safe while stabilizing the economy. Nauman begins appreciating the measures incorporated by the government, military, law enforcement agencies and armed forces to help the nation combat the global pandemic in an efficient manner.
He continues by appealing to the government and businesspersons to join hands and device an unprecedented strategy that will ensure health and safety of masses without crippling the economic activities. Nauman proposes committees to be formed in all provinces to get in touch with businesspersons for the initiative.
Specifically, for foodpanda, Nauman appeals to the enforcements to grant permission for specific restaurants to operate their kitchen since maintaining high quality standards is an integral part of their decorum.
Nauman refers to World Health Organization (WHO) and various researches, as he comments about the non-existent link of food with COVID-19. Approaching the end of his appeal, Nauman talks about Contact Less Deliveries introduced for foodpanda customers where the chances of human contact are minimal.
The concept takes inspiration from China, where people have combatted the virus, while stabilizing the economy, and Nauman suggests the same for our country during the outbreak since people are being forced to go out for shopping due to restrictions imposed on online delivery platforms.
The appeal urges businessmen and governments to collaborate and push the nation forward in terms of health, safety and economy by resuming online delivery services as they’re a risk-free option. Prior to the lockdown, online delivery platforms, with foodpanda being the core example, had incorporated various measures ensuring health and safety for people linked to their network.
These measures include distribution of hand sanitizers, face masks and gloves amongst the heroes, Contact Less Deliveries, foodpanda Hygiene kit, installation of wash basins outside restaurants and rider hubs, and heroes’ temperature checks. Resuming online delivery service will aid in stabilization of the economy with opening more employment opportunities for daily wagers during the pandemic.
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