ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza on Friday a list of hospitals at the national level had been prepared which would serve as the first line of defence against the coronavirus.
“The government is considering to reserve the federal general hospital in Islamabad for treatment of coronavirus patients,” Zafar Mirza said talking to media in Islamabad.
He said his team was also in talks with a couple of private hospitals on the matter. He said arrangements have been made to deal with any kind of situation.
The special assistant on national health services visited Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and reviewed the arrangements there.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Zafar Mirza said a helpline had been established at the national level to respond to the queries of the people about coronavirus.
He said, “We are also starting training programs for the doctors in a week time to better prepare them to meet the challenge.” He said the doctors needed to keep their morale high in the prevailing situation.
Dr Zafar Mirza also visited the helpline established to provide information about Coronavirus. The officials concerned briefed him about the helpline.
He said the federal and provincial governments were implementing a national action plan to check spread of coronavirus.
“People can get information about coronavirus through 1166,” he maintained.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar said fully equipped isolation wards had been established at 35 hospitals across the country to combat the coronavirus.
Speaking in a special program in Islamabad, she said the process of research was in progress to find out the vaccine of the coronavirus. “However, basic medicines are being used for its treatment at the moment,” she said.
Sania Nishtar said if anyone suspected symptoms including dry cough, difficulty in breathing and fever then he or she must contact the hospital.
The special assistant stressed the need to maintain cleanliness and wash hands with different intervals to win the war against corona. She said there was no need to be panicked rather, following the precautionary measures was essential to deal with the pandemic.
Dr Sania Nishtar said, during the recent visit of President Dr Arif Alvi to China, China had assured to provide 300,000 face masks, 10,000 protective suits and financial assistance to deal the coronavirus.
The special assistant said Pakistani students were fully safe in China. She said Pakistan enjoyed longstanding relations with China based on mutual trust and respect.
Separately, a meeting chaired by Zafar Mirza in Islamabad on Friday reviewed the current situation of coronavirus.
The special assistant said an advisory regarding the residents of the capital would be issued on Mar 19 (tomorrow).
He said all the resources were being utilized for the protection of people. He said the spread of this virus can be contained by resorting to the necessary precautionary measures.