NDMA asks govt to ban export of disposable gloves, N-95 masks for preventing Coronavirus spread
ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Friday has requested the government to ban export of disposable gloves and N-95 face masks to prevent the fatal Coronavirus outbreak.
The NDMA spokesperson said, keeping in view Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination’s advisory and precautionary measure issued to control the outbreak of Noval Coronavirus in Pakistan, the authority had observed that availability of sufficient quantity of first aid material (face mask & gloves) should be ensured at all tiers of health units.
The advisory by the ministry had explained that the first and immediate treatment against the disease was wearing of face mask and gloves, both by the patient and the handler. “Noval Caronavirus is viral disease and this immediate first step can control its further outbreak,” he added.
He said NDMA and National Institute of Health (NIH) had conducted an exercise to scan passengers at the Islamabad International Airport.
“Around 12,000 people have been scanned at all the international airports of the country. Moreover, NDMA and NIH had devised a comprehensive system to prevent Coronavirus outbreak including all the concerned departments had exchanged details and contacts of the focal points designated for Coronavirus,” the NDMA spokesperson said.
The alerts issued by World Health Organization (WHO) and NIH have been shared with the provincial and regional disaster management authorities along with necessary precautionary measures to be adopted for mitigating the risk of the virus spread.
NDMA’s National Emergency Control Centre was persistently monitoring the situation. All necessary sources were being utilized to gather information on the matter including UN offices and media, he added. – APP

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