- Zafar Mirza said that reports on cases in Multan were inaccurate and that maximum vigilance was maintained.
- Mirza said an emergency operation cell in the federal ministry of health was monitoring the situation throughout the day.
ISLAMABAD: The special assistant to the Prime Minister of Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, said Sunday that there were no reports of any confirmed cases of New Crown Virus anywhere in the country.
In a statement, Dr. Mirza said that reports on cases in Multan were inaccurate and that maximum vigilance was maintained. An Emergency Operation Cell in the federal ministry of health was monitoring the situation 24 hours a day.
He said that according to the guidelines and standard procedure, any traveler from China who has flu-like symptoms should be isolated and monitored.
“Let me assure people that the government is closely monitoring the situation and that all necessary measures are being taken to evaluate all travelers in China.”
He said that thermoelectric scanners and guns had been provided to well-trained health personnel at the airports of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to control all passengers. Separately, a dedicated dedicated team was assigned to detect passengers arriving through flights from China.
However, China has closed its direct outbound flights to Pakistan due to the Chinese spring festival.
According to the current schedule, South China Airline flights will resume from January 29 and China Airlines flights will resume from February 3.
He said that all major hospitals had been instructed to make arrangements to receive possible cases and provide them with the necessary care. “We have established contact with all the main provincial ministers, provincial health departments and relevant ministries, including the Interior that deals with immigration, the aviation division and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure there is coordination perfect and that our efforts be synergistic, timely and effective. “
Bearing in mind that there will be a large influx of travelers from China after February 8, 2020, when the Chinese New Year celebrations conclude, all relevant authorities were asked to conduct rigorous surveillance for detection at entry points at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi airports along with seaports and land crossings, creating public awareness and ensuring the hospital’s preparation for potential case management, Mirza added.
“I am personally monitoring the situation and we meet every 48 hours with the heads of hospitals, health institutions and all relevant departments to review the situation and take the necessary measures for an optimal level of preparedness and mitigation in case we have a case suspect. We are establishing a helpline that will be functional from Wednesday to get information about the disease and answer the questions. “
He said there was absolutely no cause for panic or alarm. People should take simple precautions to prevent the common flu, such as covering their nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap, avoid close contact with sick people, avoid contact with animals, avoid touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, he added.
He said that those who have or a person close to them who have traveled to or from China in the last 14 days and have developed suggestive symptoms, such as unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath, should seek medical attention.
He said the new coronavirus was a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hebei Province of China. The facility to confirm the new virus through a laboratory test was only available in a few countries in the world.
However, the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad is fully equipped to isolate corona viruses closely related to the new coronavirus and, therefore, the virus can be confirmed by excluding other types of coronaviruses. “We are in contact with the Chinese authorities and kits will be received to test the new coronavirus in a few days.”
He said the new corona virus (2019-nCoV) with animal origin identified as the cause of this outbreak to date had caused at least 2000 cases and 56 deaths in China.
Other countries, such as Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, France and Australia have also reported few confirmed cases with a history of travel to China.
He said there was no vaccination or specific antiviral treatment for this respiratory disease. Currently, it was not recommended to restrict travel or international trade.