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PR No. 108
NOVEL CORONA VIRUS NATIONAL ACTION PLAN BEING IMPLEMENTED. ISOLATION & QUARANTINE FACILITIES AS PER WHO GUIDELINES
Islamabad: February 13, 2020

National Action Plan to ensure preparedness and response against Novel Corona Virus is being implemented in coordination with all stakeholders and all required steps are being taken to protect our people from the virus. This was stated by Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health while chairing the Emergency Core Group Meeting for Novel Corona Virus Preparedness and Response. There is so far no case of the disease in Pakistan as strict vigilance is being maintained at the airports with screening of incoming travelers and their follow up by dedicated public health teams and airport health authorities.Under the National Action Plan, in line with WHO Guidelines and in accordance with international best practices both isolation facilities at designated hospitals and quarantine arrangements are an essential requirement to meet any eventuality added Dr. Zafar Mirza. Isolation Wards are established in major designated hospitals across the country whereas a Quarantine facility is being established as per WHO Guidelines. With the approval of the Prime Minister Hajj Complex in Rawalpindi has been designated for the purpose. All necessary arrangements at the quarantine facility are now in place with the support of Ministry of Religious Affairs and NDMA. I would like to express special gratitude to Ministry of Religious Affairs and NDMA for completing all arrangements at the facility in the shortest possible time said Dr. Zafar Mirza. Rest assured the Government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will take all actions keeping the protection of the health of our people supreme and guided by the science of public health. We are working round the clock and maintaining high level of vigilance to counter the public health challenge posed by Novel Corona Virus pandemic said Dr. Zafar Mirza. He also added that he is pleased to confirm that four Pakistani students in China who were infected by the virus have fully recovered and have been discharged from the hospital.
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