QUETTA: The spread of a new coronavirus in Iran that reported a fifth death today has posed a threat of transmission of the deadly disease in Pakistan, forcing the Balochistan government to declare a health emergency in border areas.
A spokesman for the Balochistan government said an emergency center was established at the Taftan border crossing with Iran with doctors published to evaluate Zaireen coming from the neighboring country.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jam Kamal Alyani had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Special Assistant on National Health Services, Dr. Zafar Mirza, to discuss measures to address the threat of the virus.
I had communication with the prime minister and the federal health minister about Coronovirus … from the first day all preventive measures were taken
Dedicated cells / equipment are surveillance, precautions taken, things for emergencies and rest.
People should follow up and see if there are signs of swine flu
– Jam Kamal Khan (@jam_kamal) February 22, 2020
In a tweet, the prime minister said the government has been taking all precautionary measures since day one to prevent the epidemic from spreading to the province. He said a dedicated cell with vigilant teams was established to monitor the situation.
Earlier today, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for National Health Services, Dr. Zafar Mirza, said well-trained staff is present in Taftan and other border crossings to detect all passengers crossing into Pakistan from neighboring countries.
In a statement, he said that all passengers are being examined before entering the country.
He added that all recommendations under the International Health Regulations (RSI) are being implemented in letter and spirit.
Dr. Zafar Mirza said that so far no case of the deadly virus has come to light in the country.
The special assistant said the government is ready to face any eventuality.
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