ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered for an inter-ministerial gathering be held at an emergency basis to talk about forestalling measures against lethal novel coronavirus (NCV) and define measures to handle such an outbreak in Pakistan.
As indicated by a notification given by the Prime Minister Office, the gathering would be led by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza. Government secretaries for foreign affairs, national health services, interior and aviation, provincial health secretaries, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, surgeon general of the Pakistan Army, director-general of the Military Operations, director general (counter-intelligence) of the Inter-Services Intelligence, director-general of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority, director-general of the National Institute of Health, director-general of the Airport Security Force and director-general for China in foreign affairs ministry will attend the meeting.
The record expresses that flare-up of NCV in China could potentially reach Pakistan. Attributable to the presence of an enormous number of Chinese citizens in Pakistan and a regular travel schedule between China and Pakistan, the spread of infection in Pakistan can’t be precluded if essential careful steps are not set up. It has been coordinated that the result of the gathering alongside firm suggestions will be shall be furnished to the PM Office within one week.
In the meantime, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, in a video proclamation, has said that Chinese and Pakistani governments are working intently and 500 Pakistani residents in Wuhan city of the Hubei region are protected and being cared for. Both the administrations are cooperating with one another, he said.
“So far three suspicious cases in the Chinese community have been reported in Pakistan, but none of them has been confirmed. We have confidence and determination that we will overcome this difficult time and will return to normal life very soon,” Mr Yao added.
A group of Pakistani understudies have requested that the administration put forth efforts to protect them from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan.
Hafsah Tayab, one of the understudies stuck in Wuhan, affirmed that different nations are wanting to get their residents out of the city through planes. “Consulates of different nations [excluding Pakistan] are protecting their residents. There are more than 500 Pakistani understudies in Wuhan. In the event that even one of them gets influenced, the others will be at serious risk,” she cautioned in a video message.
“There is a shortage of essential items and if this situation persists, we will run out of food very soon,” Ms Tayab said, adding that she and her fellow students have been confined to the city.
In the meantime, the Islamabad International Airport the executives have looked for two more “infection location scanners”. A senior authority anonymously revealed to media that the specialists concerned had been mentioned to give two more infection identification scanners which would to be utilized if the current one builds up some specialized flaw.
A representative for the Civil Aviation Authority said the CAA had been encouraging the wellbeing office staff and had additionally given an emergency vehicle to moving any influenced individual to a clinic. Be that as it may, no traveler with the dangerous infection has so far been recognized.
Nonetheless, an eight-part wellbeing office group has been observing the travelers landing from Beijing. Every one of the travelers are gone through the infection identification scanners and furthermore checked by warm weapons.
A Pakistan International Airlines flight (PK-853) landed at Islamabad International Airport from Beijing on Sunday. The wellbeing division authorities were available at the air terminal’s exceptional counter to screen the travelers.
SAPM Zafar Mirza was likewise present at the air terminal to screen the entire procedure of checking when a Thai Airways flight (TG 349) with 186 travelers landed from Bangkok on Sunday.
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