PIMS takes measures to monitor Novel Coronavirus situation
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has taken necessary measures for optimal level of preparedness and mitigation in case of any suspected case of Novel Coronavirus.
PIMS Spokesman Dr Waseem Khawaja said that a separate ward has been allocated and trained staff has been deployed at the hospital in case of report of any suspected case.
He said that Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has issued instructions to all major hospitals including PIMS to make arrangements to receive possible cases and provide them necessary care.
He said that a daily basis meeting was being held to monitor the situation and revising the facilities and services plan for suspected patients. He however made it clear that so far no Coronavirus patient was received at the PIMS.
Meanwhile an official from the Ministry of Health said that Dr Zafar Mirza was personally monitoring the situation and meeting every 48 hours with heads of hospitals, health institutions and all relevant departments to review the situation.
He said that the ministry would establish a helpline for sharing information on the disease and to respond to queries. He added the ministry has established contact with all provincial chief ministers, provincial health departments and relevant ministries including interior dealing with Immigration, Aviation Division and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure there is seamless coordination and that efforts are synergized, timely and effective.
He said that people need to take simple precautions for prevention against common flu like covering the nose and mouth while coughing and sneezing, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with soap, avoiding close contact with sick people, animals, touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, he added. - APP

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