Corona Might Affect 50,000 in Pakistan by April 25 (Highlight): Report

  • The government submitted a report to the Supreme Court on Saturday citing the likelihood of impacting approximately 50 000 citizens with the COVID-19 pandemic by April 25.
  • The report, however, contended that after 35 days, the number of cases was very low compared to European countries and Iran.
  • The apex court was informed that apart from domestic emergency funding, a comprehensive financing requirement of $336 million was prepared for strengthening preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Submitting the National Action Plan for COVID-19 to the Supreme Court, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC) said the financing requirement was prepared in consultation with the provinces and approved by the Planning Commission.
  • It said funds from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank were also used to strengthen preparedness and response to the pandemic.
  • The court was further informed that diagnostic facilities were established in all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and at the Taftan border.
  • The report said the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has developed corona testing kits, which was sent to the DRAP Technical Assessment Committee for testing before making it available to the public.
  • It said that the Public Health Emergency Operation Center activated at the National Institute of Health (NIH) was tasked with surveillance of daily situation report, risk assessment and data analysis.
  • It further stated that the ministry had started off early preparations, including various administrative actions, initiation of coordination mechanism, development of National Action Plan for COVID-19 emergency, quantification and costing of essential equipment and planning of response strategies, to deal with the pandemic
  • The court was informed that 207 hospitals in all the major cities of 154 districts of Pakistan were identified for isolation of suspected patients and their isolation capacity increased.
  • The apex court was also told that quarantine facilities were established in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) at the Pak China Friendship Center, OGDCL, Haj Complex, Radisson Hotel and Hill View Hotel with isolation beds at the PIMS, Polyclinic, Capital Hospital and Federal Government Services Hospital aka Policlinic.
  • The court was further informed that a total of 991,337 persons had departed Pakistan for different destinations since January 1, 2020 and a total of 13,493 persons had returned since January 1 after screening.

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