NCOC reviews ‘healthcare gaps’

By Staff Reporter
Friday – June 19, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national command and operation centre (NCOC) for COVID-19 (coronavirus), Thursday, apprised the participants of the gaps identified and measures being taken for improvement in the healthcare system countrywide to cope with the challenge, capacity building of the healthcare professionals, increased availability of beds for patients, uninterrupted availability of crucial medicines, and sufficient supplies of oxygen.

According to an official statement, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan visited the NCOC whereat the planning, development and special initiatives (PDSI) minister Asad Umar along-with NCOC director general (DG) operations and planning (OP) major general Asif Mehmood Goraya briefed the PM on the analysis of patterns of COVID-19 spread, pressure on hospitals, fatalities, and future projections.

PM Khan was also briefed on the steps taken so far regarding curtailing the spread of COVID-19 countrywide, enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs), and strategy regarding the management of disease and implementation of decisions in coordination with all the stakeholders.

The PM directed for all out efforts to remain focused on controlling the disease spread;

Ensure availability of medicines, oxygen and beds in hospitals;

Urged complete unity amongst entire nation to fight an unusual and ominous challenge;

Directed all Pakistanis to protect the elderly and sick specially those suffering from heart related diseases and diabetes;

We need a unified and well coordinated joint national response to fight the disease during the next couple of months; our actions will determine the extent of the crisis and success of our response through consensus.

PM Khan lauded the role of NCOC, said that Pakistan has navigated COVID-19 in a balanced manner. However, he cautioned everyone for utmost care.

The participants through a consensus resolved to continue the strategy of balance between life and livelihood being pursued.

It was reiterated that while businesses must remain open, strict implementation of SOPs will be ensured through awareness and administrative actions.

Smart lock downs in hot spots identified through use of technology tools recently deployed and developed by NCOC will be ensured.

The forum was also briefed on the use of digital technology for contact tracing and disease projection.

It was informed that during the last four days, there is a decline in the number of cases tested positive.

The chief ministers of all the provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) PM briefed the forum about the steps being taken in their respective areas and unanimously acknowledged the support provided by the federal government in all respects.

PM Khan while paying tributes to the sacrifices of healthcare workers said that they are making us proud at this critical juncture and the entire nation recognises their contribution.

He said that media has performed responsibly so far, any tendency to sensationalise must be self checked by them.

The chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa was present at the occasion. Apart from federal ministers, AJK PM, Punjab chief minister (CM), Sindh CM, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM, Balochistan CM and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) CM attended the meeting via video link.