ISLAMABAD, Jul 04 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Saturday said that the smart lockdown strategy of Prime Minister Imran Khan against coronavirus has succeeded as it created a balance and saved people from hunger as well as the virus.
Speaking at an event at Polyclinic Hospital here to acknowledge the frontline role of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the fight against coronavirus in the last 100 days, he said the world also followed the smart lockdown strategy of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The strategy of smart lockdown was succeeding in Pakistan and its results could be seen in Islamabad and other areas of the country, he said, adding that in Islamabad 771 cases of coronavirus were reported on June 1 and now the number of cases had dropped to 113 due to the smart lockdown strategy.
He said people could save themselves from the coronavirus by followings precautionary measures and SOPs. He appreciated that people had adopted the SOPs and helped in controlling the disease. “The efforts against coronavirus remained successful because of the balanced campaign. However, the danger of coronavirus still exists and it is our national obligation to follow the SOPs”, he added.
He said that the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) in which federal ministers, chief ministers, officers of armed forces and medical experts regularly attended meetings, had successfully and effectively handled the disease, adding that the NCOC deserved our appreciation for its 100 days of effort.
The minister said that the government through its Ehsaas cash transfer programme delivered financial assistance at the doorsteps of poor people with transparency and on merit, adding that so far Rs 193 billion had been distributed amongst 12 million deserving families.He said that when the coronavirus struck, the governments around the world were not prepared for it, adding that as the previous governments did not focus on health facilities, there were only two laboratories for testing of coronavirus but now 129 laboratories exist to conduct tests and the government had increased the testing capacity.
Shibli said that in the past all the medical equipment was being imported but now the Ministry of Science and Technology had even started to manufacture ventilators in the country. He said the hospitals still had bed capacity to accommodate new coronavirus patients. He expressed satisfaction at the recovery rate of patients suffering from the infectious disease and stressed that if everybody continued their efforts, the time will come when the number of patients will be considerably reduced and the hospitals will be empty.
The minister urged the nation to unite against the coronavirus disease and not pay attention to rumours or false information. He said that the government had also announced a special package for the medical staff to acknowledge their efforts against coronavirus. On this occasion, he also distributed masks and sanitizers amongst doctors and the medical staff of the hospital.
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