QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Fazeel Asghar said that National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has dispatched 900 containers equipped with lodging and toilet facilities for patients who have tested positive for coronavirus and kept in quarantine.
“Six hundred containers will be transported to Taftan and the remaining will be dispatched to Quetta,” said the chief secretary, briefing a meeting chaired by Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal and attended by the provincial secretaries, public health officers, World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives and other officials.
The meeting took stock of measures taken for prevention and treatment of novel coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — as well as assigned roles to medical and health experts for preventive measures in quarantine centres and isolation wards.
It was decided during the meeting that preventive measures and awareness campaigns would be initiated in collaboration with scholars and political interlocutors and supervised by divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, district health officers, assistant commissioner, senior superintendent police officersand tehsildars in their respective areas.
The awareness campaign would continue for three days while pamphlets would be distributed to disseminate precautionary information among people. Polio workers, lady health workers would be sent door to door to educate locals on what precautionary measures to take to stave off the deadly virus.
The attendees decided to take emergency measures to battle with coronavirus and make the role of People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) effective in order to upgrade treatment facilities at isolation wards.
Besides, the meeting reviewed report of Core Committee related to coronavirus measures.
For the awareness of public and counteract propaganda through social media, the Committee’s statement would be presented on a daily basis in order to update the situation, the meeting decided.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2020.