NA Speaker directs ministries to bring back Pakistani students from China
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser Thursday directed the health and foreign ministries to give a schedule for bringing back the Pakistani students stranded in China due to the threat of novel coronavirus.
Parliamentary Secretary Nausheen Hamid told the National Assembly that direct flights from China had started to bring back students to Pakistan. About 28,000 to 30,000 Pakistani students were presently in China, she added.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said Prime Minister Imran Khan did not take any financial benefit from anyone during the tenure of the present government.
He said the government was ready to scrutinize the issue of price hike and support formation of a committee of the National Assembly on the issue.
When the government took over the national exchequer was empty, he said, adding he would be the first to present himself for accountability.
He said mafias got strengthened during the tenure of past regimes.
The government raised the foreign exchange reserves and reduced the current account deficit, he added.
The Speaker said the National Assembly would hold a debate on the price hike and other issues affecting the economic life of a common man.
Khawaja Asif said those Pakistanis, who were not affected with the coronavirus, should be brought back to Pakistan in order to end the worries of their parents.
He referred to a newspaper report regarding the export of wheat and sugar to Afghanistan.
He said those mafias should be exposed who were minting billions with the sale of sugar and wheat at exorbitant prices. A special committee should be formed to ascertain the causes of inflation.
He said debate should be held in the House to suggest steps to protect people from the negative impact of inflation.
NDMA issues guidelines to prevent novel coronavirus spread threat
Meanhwile, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued guidelines for the general public to prevent novel Coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak threat.
According to NDMA spokesperson, the nCoV caused numerous deaths in its origin city of Wuhan, China and was a viral disease getting transferred among people through contact of droplets of affected person.
The guidelines, he said had clearly mentioned that any person affected from flu and cough should cover his or her nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow to prevent release of droplets openly in the air.
However, people should regularly wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer. “If you have flu symptoms, keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other people as it can save the healthy persons from major droplets. Avoid hugging or shaking hands if you symptoms of flu. Dispose of used tissues properly immediately after use. The person should remain careful in case of fever, cough, difficult breathing and immediately consult a doctor to diagnose the problem. In case a person has got flu symptoms, he should stay home from work, school or crowded places until the health conditions improves to better,” it added.
The NDMA guidelines to prevent nCoV had emphasized the habit to wash hands after every critical moment including before and after coughing, sneezing, looking after an ill patient, cooking, eating, playing with pets, defecation and every time when hands get dirty.
Moreover, it also advised the masses to frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water and also avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
In case of fever, flu and cough the affected person should avoid traveling and consult a doctor for proper treatment and share all the travel details with the physicians, it added. – APP