No Covid-19 cases in KP but emergency declared as precautionary measure
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has made all the necessary arrangements to deal with Covid-19 (Corona virus) and standardized protocols have been issued to all the health service delivery outlets to handle any possible case of Corona virus in the province.
No confirmed case has been detected yet in the province but an emergency has been declared in the province as a precautionary measure. This was told in a high-level meeting held here Tuesday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair.
The meeting reviewed in detail the arrangements and preparedness of the health department to stop the possible outbreak of Corona virus in the province.
Secretary health briefed the meeting about the current situation, arrangements, challenges and other various aspects related to the Corona virus. Regarding the major steps taken by the provincial government, it was told that standardized protocols for reporting and infection control have been developed and issued, training of service providers on case management is underway, control room established at the provincial level, regular daily zero reporting started and laboratory for testing of Corona virus fully operationalized. It was further informed that provincial government has released an amount of Rs 100 million to the health department to cater to the emergency nature of arrangements whereas the health department has set up isolation wards at all districts level hospitals and overall 983 beds both in public and private sector hospitals have been set aside for possible Corona affected patients.
Furthermore, Rapid Response Units have been established in all the districts to deal with any exigency in an effective manner while line departments and autonomous bodies have been instructed to plan and execute activities pertaining to preparedness, prevention and control of Covid-19 as per their roles.
“Staff members, and ambulance provided to ensure 24/7 screening at Peshawar Airport and additional staff and ambulance provided to ensure screening at Torkham border”, Secretary health informed the participants.
Expressing his satisfaction on the overall arrangements and preparedness, the Chief Minister directed the concerned high ups to further improve the preparedness level. He said that though no case has been detected in the province, yet the provincial government is fully prepared to cope with any unwanted situation. – APP