Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired the meeting of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday, A detailed briefing was given on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and measures being adopted to combat the disease.
The meeting was attended by Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Minister for Energy, Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Economic Affairs, Fakhar Imam, Minister for National Food and Security, Minister for Interior, Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister for Industries and Production, Omar Ayub Khan, Moeed Yousaf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Ms Tania Aidrus, Special Assistant to the PM on Digital Pakistan Abdul Razak Dawod, Advisor to the PM for Commerce and PM’s Focal Person Dr Faisal Sultan.
Asad Umar stressed the need for effective measures to overcome the pandemic. Local transmission is increasing especially in populated areas that need immediate measures to contain the virus, he said to ensure optimal use of current testing capacity, management of laboratory load and establishment point of care should be established.
The Minister of Industries Muhammad Hammad Azhar presented a detailed action plan on inland transport (land and rail) and industries. The possibility of a gradual relaxation of industries was the central theme, which would be presented to the NCC meeting for a final decision.
The forum reviewed global and regional data and said Pakistan’s strategy was on right track learning from the best practices as well as grey areas across the world.
The forum appreciated all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit- Baltistan and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) for enforcement of the containment measures in letter and spirit.
During today’s session, the focus was on recommendations for the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) meeting that the Prime Minister will chair on Monday to make political decisions on containment measures after 14 April. Various options have been considered. The forum conducted an in-depth analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, and finalized the recommendations to be made by the NCC for a final decision on the subject.
The forum expanded on the 47 days of progress started since the detection of the first case on February 26, health projections until April 30 and the management of the medical supply line with an emphasis on the plan of ‘supply and distribution of critical needs.
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