Medical staff members wearing protective masks prepare a room in an isolation ward as a preventative measure following the coronavirus outbreak, at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP/FIle

WHO appreciates Pakistan's 'robust' and 'timely response' to tackle coronavirus

FM Qureshi briefs Mahipala on the steps taken by Islamabad to prevent the outbreak

​ Our Correspondent March 04, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday appreciated Pakistan's robust and timely response to tackle coronavirus epidemic which has affected 79 countries and has claimed more than 3,000 lives, said a statement by the Foreign Office.

Measures taken by Pakistan include screening facilities at airports as well as establishment of quarantine and isolation centres, which has helped in controlling the epidemic in the country.

WHO Country Representative to Pakistan Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. He presented the foreign minister with the daily situation report – that includes analysis of the threat around the world, including Pakistan.

The country's top diplomat felicitated Dr. Palitha on his appointment as WHO’s Country Representative to Pakistan and appreciated the consistent support provided by the WHO for improving the healthcare system in the country.

Expressing concern over the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world with severe global implications, FM Qureshi also briefed Mahipala on the steps taken by Islamabad to prevent the outbreak, added the statement.

Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to improving the healthcare system in Pakistan, the foreign minister further expressed hope that WHO would continue providing its valuable support and cooperation to Pakistan.





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