Prime Minister of Health Special Assistant Dr. Zafar Mirza on Thursday said the low death of Covid-19 in Pakistan does not mean people are starting to become weak about preventive measures against the virus outbreak.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Mirza said: “I saw reports in several media programs that Pakistan’s Covid-19 mortality rate was lower than the projections made through modeling. While it is true that Pakistan has fewer coronavirus cases and mortality rates. which is lower than projected by experts, that is no reason for citizens to be weak. “
He said the restrictions imposed by the government at large gatherings and social contact had an impact on infection rates, “but if people think we don’t need preventative measures and we don’t need social distance, that would be a huge mistake.”
Stressing the need for more prevention and responsibility, Mirza warned that the country could see a sharp increase in the number of cases and deaths if people were not careful and started out.
Speaking of Covid-19 deaths, he said that 73 percent of Covid-19 deaths in the country were people who had pre-existing health conditions, adding that 85 percent of those who died from Covid-19 were over 50 while 78 percent of them are men.
Mirza added that the government was creating a mechanism where personal protective equipment (PPE) would be provided to health professionals in hospitals so that deficiencies were not observed.
He said the National Disaster and Management Authority (NDMA) after the calculation had provided PPE, including N-95 masks, gowns and gloves to 152 hospitals for a week. This is the hospital where most coronavirus patients will be taken, he added.
“We have a list of around 400 hospitals and all of them will be given PPE, and based on priority.”
The PM assistant for health said the government would facilitate companies wishing to make ventilators locally through a committee formed under the Pakistan Drug Regulatory Authority (Drap).
Through the committee, the company’s application will be processed as soon as possible so that production can begin to overcome the shortcomings, he revealed.
‘Hospital burden will increase at the end of the month’
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan told a news conference earlier that he was confident the burden on the country’s health care system would increase by the end of this month, but Balochistan might not face a worsening situation due to sparse population.
He added that the government was analyzing data on corona virus cases not only in the country but also in Britain and the United States as well.
He said the government also looked at figures in India and Bangladesh because their population trends were similar to Pakistan’s.
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