While global efforts to control the spread of deadly coronavirus increase, Pakistan has taken another precautionary measure that allows all passengers arriving at the airports to submit a Health Declaration Form.
According to a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), every passenger will have to fill out the form containing their travel history, in particular recent travels, and contact details.
Airport workers must distribute health statement forms to passengers.
Incase of refusal to submit the document, entry and immigration into Pakistan will not be permitted according to the CAA spokesperson.
Importantly, for a total of 2,900 Pakistani and 480 Chinese workers working alongside Saindak and Duddar ventures in Balochistan, scanning process for diagnosing the coronavirus has begun. 300 Chinese experts are partnering with 1,800 Pakistanis at Saindak. At Duddar, 180 Chinese workers and 1,100 Pakistanis are working together.
Officials told the media that employees were prohibited from entering China, and holidays were extended for 15 days for employees who are visiting different parts of China and Pakistan. Saindak is a city in Chagai, and Duddar Mountain is one of Pakistan’s largest lead and zinc mines.
In addition, custom authorities were advised to fumigate imported clothing and boots, as these could be a virus transmission tool. The Port Heath Establishment saw spraying pesticides as necessary.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had agreed a day earlier to impose a ban on the export of face masks and hand gloves as a “first precautionary measure” and to ensure that “appropriate basic first aid equipment” was safe.
The NDMA has advised all relevant authorities to take the necessary measures and ensure “availability at all levels of health units of sufficient amount of first aid material (face mask & gloves).