Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed authorities to ensure strict implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and undertake all required administrative actions to implement the strategy of smart lockdown to curtail the spread of coronavirus during Eid al-Adha.
He said this during a visit to National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on the occasion of completion of 100 days of its establishment.
The prime minister lauded the efforts of NCOC team in putting up a robust response to the pandemic and ensuring co-ordinated actions throughout the country against coronavirus pandemic.
He also acknowledged the role and services of healthcare workers, emergency responders and management from all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Imran Khan appreciated the resilience and adaptability of the nation to adjust to the new normal by following SOPs and face the challenge of Covid-19 as one nation.
During the visit, the prime minister was informed as to how the strategy of smart lockdown has yielded results in balancing life and livelihood, keeping the economy afloat and addressing the issues of the poor and working class while containing the disease.
Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza, has appreciated the efforts of frontline health workers and medical staff in the fight against Covid-19.
During a visit to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, he said the government is pursuing a holistic strategy to combat the coronavirus with the support of nation, doctors and paramedics.
Mirza said we have made the best sovereign decisions in the best interest of our people with robust national coordination and decision-making mechanism in the national interest.
He said the government has gradually eased lockdown, but at the same time it has focused on the enforcement of Covid-19 SOPs.
The special assistant to PM said the government established the NCOC under the auspices of National Coordination Committee on Covid-19 which takes a holistic view of the situation in coordination with the provinces.
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