Army troops deployed across Pakistan to contain COVID-19 outbreak
Statesman Report
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army is helping civil administration and law enforcement agencies to ensure measures for containment of COVID-19 with a focus on public safety, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement giving details of the arrangements on Saturday.
According to the statement, the troops have been deployed across the country in aid of civil power under Article 245.
“Contact tracking, tracing to identify and isolate suspected individuals being done to ensure containment of COVID-19 spread. Army troops assisting in the management of Quarantine facilities. A total of 182 Quarantine facilities have been established across the country,” the ISPR said.
According to details, army troops are assisting civil administration for enforcement measures in various parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir, including Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, Barnala, Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Kel, and Rawalakot.
In Balochistan, troops are deployed in Awaran, Dukki, Chaghi, Lasbela, Kalat, Naushki, Khuzdar, Sibbi and Gwadar.
“Army troops, doctors and paramedics assisting civil administration in managing Taftan quarantine facility. An additional container-based quarantine facility for 600 individuals being established at Taftan,” said the statement.
“A tent-based quarantine facility with 805 tents and allied facilities as per best practices is being established at Chaman. Army field medical battalion with specialist doctors and paramedics deployed at Chaman for the management of the facility. Container-based Quarantine facility for 300 individuals being established at Village Killi Faizu, Chaman,” it said.
In Gilgit- Baltistan, troops are deployed in all 10 districts and far-flung areas to assist civil administration for enforcement measures, screening and testing measures, said ISPR. “Pakistan army helicopters flew special sorties through Khunjrab pass for transporting and distribution of medical equipment received from China, including five ventilators, 2,000 testing kits, 2,000 medical suits, 2,000 N95 masks, and 0.2 million face masks.”
In Islamabad, joint check posts on entry and exit points have been established while joint patrolling with police and isolation of suspected localities is being carried out, the statement added.