Adhere strictly to COVID-19 SOPs: NCOC

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – May 14, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national command and operation centre (NCOC), on Wednesday, asked all the provincial representatives to ensure strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) amid the public awareness campaign and to follow all the guidelines to contain the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) spread.

According to an official statement, the NCOC in its daily meeting headed by planning, development and special initiatives (PDSI) minister Asad Umar reviewed the post May 9, 2020, situation at the provincial level.

The provincial chief secretaries including Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) apprised the forum that safety guidelines and protocols were being shared with the masses.

They also reported that the public presence in the markets had increased due to Eid shopping.

Speaking on the occasion, PDSI minister Umar said the lockdown had been eased for public convenience with the condition that the SOPs are to be followed at the optimum level.

He said that the SOPs were shared with the construction units and that the industries had been given relaxation in the lockdown to sustain their business activities.

A media campaign based on the safety guidelines and protocols was also being aired through print, radio, electronic and digital media portals for the general public, PDSI minister Umar added.

He remarked that the provinces should ensure effective compliance of the safety protocols as it was the only effective tool to contain the risk of pandemic spread in the country.

PDSI minister Umar said that the lockdown had been eased but the risk of the contagion was still present.

The members at the forum emphasised that people should follow the guidelines issued by the doctors and health experts for the protection of their families, neighbourhood and society at large as responsible individuals to overcome the contagion.