Special Adviser to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza on Wednesday confirmed two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan.
Dr. Zafar Mirza confirms two coronavirus cases in Pakistan. In a tweet from Taftan, Dr. Mirza said: “I can confirm the first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable,” Dr. Zafar Mirza, the special assistant to the prime minister on National Health Services, wrote on his official Twitter handle.
The government has closed official border crossings to Iran that has reported 19 deaths out of more than 150 infections – making it one of the hardest-hit countries outside the virus epicenter China.
Pakistan has already suspended flights to China and Japan and closed the border with Iran. But the country’s capacity to deal with a health crisis remains ambiguous.
South Korea, Italy, and Iran have logged sharp increases in infections and deaths while some Middle Eastern countries have also reported confirmed COVID-19 cases. Keeping in view the frequency of travel to and from China and Iran, the risk of importing the virus is high.
National Action Plan
Devised by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, NAP looks to define “national effort for maximum preparedness”.
In the short-term, the plan of National Health Services is to identify and activate “available financial and other resources to ensure maximum preparedness”. It also seeks to strengthen “organizational, structural and coordination mechanisms to ensure maximum level of preparedness over time and to effectively respond to all hazards including Covid-19 emergency”.