ISLAMABAD: On Friday, Dr. Zafar Mirza, special assistant to the Prime Minister of National Health Services, chaired a meeting to review the arrangements aimed at counteracting the coronavirus, which has affected 890 people and claimed 26 lives in China, he said. ARY NEWS.
Speaking during the meeting, Zafar Mirza said they were taking effective and coordinated measures to fight the virus.
“Detection counters have been established at all airports in the country, including Islamabad,” he said and added that all passengers coming from China are examined at the counters and their medical records are also evaluated.
He said that counters were also established at airports to raise awareness about the virus.
The special assistant to the prime minister said that steps were taken to address any emergency situation in this regard, while the authorities are also in constant contact with the Chinese ambassador and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the matter.
He said that China’s entry could be made from 19 points, including the border crossing, which is currently closed due to snowfall. The adviser said that no cases of coronavirus are currently reported in the country.
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Earlier in the day, Dr. Zafar Mirza said the country lacks facilities to detect the deadly coronavirus.
Dr. Zafar Mirza said in a statement that samples of suspicious cases will be sent to international laboratories for analysis.
He said that specific virology laboratories have the necessary equipment to diagnose such viral diseases.
The SAPM said the samples would be sent to laboratories in three countries, including China and the Netherlands, until laboratories capable of detecting coronaviruses are established in the country. He said the installation will be available in two weeks.