Govt says following ‘holistic’ strategy to stop pandemic

Sandra Loyd

ISLAMABAD: A day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested the Punjab federal government to reimpose a rigorous, periodic two-week quarantine to stem the spread of the pandemic, PM’s assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Wednesday stated that the UN body was seeing the circumstance through a “health lens” whereas the federal government was following a “holistic” strategy to handle the danger.

In a letter to Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, WHO Nation Head for Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala had actually mentioned that the nation does not satisfy any of the organisation’s 6 technical requirements for alleviating a lockdown as was done on Might 1 and after that on Might 22.

The letter, dated June 7, discovered that the illness has actually spread out to nearly all districts in the nation, with significant cities comprising a bulk of national cases.

Reacting to the letter, unique assistant to the prime minister on health stated through a declaration: “The government’s choice of policies has been guided by the best evidence available about the disease spread and our best assessment of the fast deteriorating socio-economic conditions in the country.”

The other day, Pakistan registered its highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases with 5,387 brand-new infections, taking the overall tally to 113,702 The infection has actually up until now declared 2,255 lives.

In spite of the grim circumstance, Dr Mirza stated that the federal government was pursuing a“holistic strategy to combat the coronavirus” He remembered that a ministerial-level conference took location at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) every day in which the federal government with the assistance of professionals “reviewed the disease data and trends very minutely and took a holistic view of the situation along with the provinces and developed recommendations”.

The consultant even more remembered that Pakistan was a low middle-income nation where two-thirds of the population depended on day-to- day revenues. “[The government] has actually made best sovereign choices in the very best interest of our people,” he stated.

He added, nevertheless, that the federal government has to make “tough policy choices” to keep the balance in between incomes and lives. He stated that although the lockdown had actually been reduced, there was an increased concentrate on imposing the requirement operating treatments (SOPs) released by the federal government to avoid the spread of the infection.

He kept in mind that using masks in public had actually been made required and the federal government had actually developed a “robust” system for handling the spread of Covid-19 that includes tracing, screening and quarantine to seal and recognize off hotspots. He added that another strategy consisted of fortifying the health system to manage the increase of clients.

Mirza stated the federal government “appreciated” the WHO’s suggestions however it had to take a look at a “holistic picture and make decisions on relative risk assessment basis”.

“This has been the case in Pakistan all along,” he added.


The WHO, in its letter, had actually stated that Pakistan has actually been ranked amongst the top 10 countries worldwide reporting the highest variety of brand-new cases of Covid-19 and recommended the federal government to improve day-to-day screening capability to 50,000 to examine the real occurrence of coronavirus throughout the nation.

While revealing issue over the rash lifting of constraints, the WHO stated Pakistan did not satisfy any of the requirements for the opening of the lockdown.

It likewise notified Pakistan to its high positivity rate, highlighting the severity of the Covid-19 circumstance and bad efforts of the federal government in this regard.

As a strategy to assistance include the enormous transmission of coronavirus, the WHO suggested the imposition of a two-week lockdown. “WHO strongly recommends the two weeks off and two weeks on strategy as it offers the smallest curve,” the letter stated.

Notifying Pakistan to its high positivity with a weak security system, the WHO stated: “The positivity rate is high at 24 percent (above the required level of 5pc), the security system (recognize, test, isolate, take care of the ill consisting of recognition and follow up of contacts and quarantining) is weak.

“Decisions will require the need to balance response directly to Covid-19, which includes intermittent lockdowns of target areas (districts, towns, section of the town or village) as a first option and should be dealt on priority basis while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health services delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse,” the letter added.

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