COVID-19 in Pakistan
Abstract:The outbreak of COVID-19 initiated as pneumonia of unknown cause in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, which has been now spreading rapidly out of Wuhan to other countries. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus outbreak as the sixth public health emergency of international concern.
COVID-19 pandemic in PakistanCoronavirus is thought to be increasing in Pakistan. The first case of coronavirus was reported from Karachi on February 26,2020 when a student in Karachi tested positive upon returning from Iran. By 18 March, cases had been registered in all four provinces, the two autonomous territories, and the federal territory of Islamabad. The WHO has warned Pakistan that the country could encounter great challenge against the outbreak of coronavirus in the coming days.
Current situation in PakistanAccording to the Ministry of Health, government of Pakistan, there are total of 3277 confirmed positive cases in the country with 18 critical and 50 mortalities on Monday, April 6, 2020. The highest cases appeared in the Punjab province (1493) followed by Sindh (881), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (405), Baluchistan (191), Gilgit Baltistan (210), Federal (82) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir have 15 confirmed cases.
WHO recognizes Pakistan’s anti-coronavirus effortsMeanwhile, the Director General (DG) of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, has hailed Pakistan’s efforts to fight COVID-19. In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the WHO chief said it was quite encouraging to see how the Pakistan government, even with its limited resources, has controlled the virus to a significant level.
Facilitation by government of Pakistan against COVID-19The Government of Pakistan is taking all the measures against the COVID-19 to provide and insure the responsibilities of the state for their people. The government of Pakistan provides the COVID-19 mitigation strategies with their measures. Such as early case detection and Tracing and tracking of contacts, Risk communication, Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Hospitals for COVID-19 in PakistanThe arrangements to fight against the COVID-19, there are lots of measures being taken by the government of Pakistan to control the outbreak and facilitate their people. There were many hospitals been working in this scenario to bring back the life and fight against the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
ConclusionsCOVID-19 is swiftly spreading worldwide. Within a few months, the mortality rate and morbidity rate has reached unexpected levels. The clinicians are working to invent treatments and vaccine to prevent this infection. The extreme situation is yet to occur.
RecommendationsHowever, if we take one step toward self-isolation, it could save the entire community and the risk will decline immediately. The airborne, contact transmission can only be disinfected if proper handwashing protocols are followed and each individual carry out precautionary measures to safe other individuals from this debilitating virus. Pakistan has a tremendous potential in public health, and different sectors can work together to address the challenges by the engagement of society and community along with policy initiatives.
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