World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed confidence in how the Pakistani government treated the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak.
“I am impressed by the swift and diligent way, the government has handled the crisis so far,” WHO’s Pakistan representative Dr Palitha Mahipala said.
He added that the health organization was committed to supporting every step of the way for the region.
So far at least four coronavirus cases have been reported in Pakistan.
Mahipala added that the COVID-19 outbreak was an international public health emergency and that at least one confirmed case of the virus had been reported by all countries neighboring Pakistan such as Iran, Afghanistan, China and India.
It is important that countries and international organisations, he said, to work together to reduce the spread of the virus.
To this day, the WHO has supported Pakistan in various ways in its planning and response to COVID-19.
Traveler screenings were set up as a priority at all points of entry to the country. International travelers arriving at airports in Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi are currently undergoing screenings.
Screenings were also built for those entering from neighboring Afghanistan or Iran at ground crossing points Gwadar, Taftan and Chaman.
Mahipala also advised the public to obtain the latest coronavirus information from key sources and to follow the specific preventive and protective measures recommended.