Govt advises vigilance in view of new Covid variant – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: At the behest of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, health and provincial authorities and military representatives met on Tuesday to discuss the situation after the first Covid-19 infection case was discovered in the country. .

The meeting created the impression that the National Center for Governance and Performance (NCOC), which is responsible for Covid-19 for two years, has been revived. Electronic media also reported the news, claiming it was from the prime minister and the information minister.

However, the Minister of National Health Services (NHS) clarified that the National Emergency Medical Service (NIH) has replaced NCOC and will continue to operate until the epidemic is over.

On Monday, the NIH announced that another new, more highly contagious Covid-19 drug had been reported to someone with a history of foreign travel, and advised people to re-wear the mask in tight areas and get vaccinated immediately. The new Omicron sub-variant is called BA.2.12.1 and causes an increase in the number of infections worldwide.

According to the report, as Omicron caused the fifth coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel, on the orders of the prime minister, chaired a special session at the National Emergency Medical Services (NIH) to review the current situation. of the virus.

The session was attended by a person and the internet by senior provincial officials, the federal health secretary and the director general of health and representatives of the armed forces.

“The patient had weak symptoms and was left alone at home immediately. Her family was found missing. During the epidemic, new strains of the virus continue to emerge, ”the meeting was announced.

“The situation is under control, but we must remain vigilant,” the minister said at a press conference. He pledged full support to the provinces and commended their efforts to respond to Covid-19 cases.

The NIH team displayed data and figures, while its Managing Director Maj Gen Aamer Ikram provided a summary of the Covid-19 situation in the country. “There is only one case that has been found recently and we are looking at its spread,” he said.

Health Secretary Amir Ashraf Khawaja elaborated on the daily reporting process and documentation.

Provincial health leaders also briefed the minister on progress in immunization and future plans to ensure maximum access. Non-pharmacological interventions and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus were discussed, and a decision would be made based on its spread.

The Director-General of Health, Dr Rana Safdar, emphasized the need to remain vigilant and monitor the virus. He stressed the need to increase immunization and regulate dosage.

“Integrated health leadership will stand by each and every effort of service,” vowed Minister Patel. He also focused on monitoring the current situation of Covid-19 with various concerns.

Since the outbreak, more than 1.5 million people have been infected with Covid-19 in Pakistan and more than 30,000 have lost their lives to the virus.

Published Parhlo, May 11, 2022

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