Timeline of events: Here is the detail of how the government is dealing with COVID-19 crisis

WHO applauded Pakistan for having one of the best 'response' to COVID-19 crisis.

Advisories and Documents:

  • Advisories on COVID19 to all provinces – 21st Jan, revised version attached
    Information about the SARS-COV-2 to provinces:

National Action Plan, issued on 8th Feb, latest revised on 9th March

  • It inculcates the reason, expected needs, coordination and actions required for Pakistan to increase preparedness and respond to the COVID19 outbreak.

~ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED VERSION OF COVID-19 ADVISORY.

Point of Entries SOPs – 1st Feb

  • Stepwise insight on the health screening mechanism at the point of entries.

~ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATED SOPs.

Clinical guidelines on the management of COVID19, issued on 1st of Feb, revised version attached

  • In-hospital patient management of COVID19 patients.

~ CLICK HERE TO SEE COVID-19 CLINICAL CARE & PREVENTION GoP GUIDELINES

Advisory Mitigation strategies – 11th Mar

  • Detailed management of COVID19 cases and their contacts at home, in the hospital and organizations. Highlights importance of risk communication

~ CLICK HERE TO SEE ADVISORY ON MITIGATION STRATEGIES COVID-19


Risk Communication

  • Public Service Announcements – Started 1st week of Feb, have been continuously evolving to become more comprehensive outreach to the public.
  • Various forms of IEC material developed and distributed

First Epidemiologic Modelling of COVID19 outbreak for Pakistan – Mid Feb, the revised version to be released later this week. 

  • Risk forecasting and assessment keeping in view the evolving outbreak in China.

Daily Situation Reports – Ongoing

  • Daily report from NIH on the COVID19 outbreak preparedness and response.

Quarantine SOPs

  • Outlining the requirements of quarantine facilities, their procedural details and maintenance.

ACTIONS

National and International Expert Consultation – Initiated 15th Jan

  • Continually ongoing consolations with relevant experts.

Creation of Emergency Operation Center on COVID19 – 22nd Jan

  • Established at the NIH, EOC

Creation of Core Committee on COVID19 – 29th Jan

  • Key decision making body for COVID19 with experts and heads of various response streams.

Continuous coordination with the Chinese government – Late Jan

  • Agreement with the Chinese government on the reduction of travellers and mandated 14 days of quarantine pre-departure to Pakistan.

Strengthening of PoEs with HR, Thermal Guns and Thermal Scanners – First week of Feb  

  • Incrementing capacity for POE and ensuring sensitivity in screening.
  • 1 million passengers screened, passengers from high-risk areas logged and followed up with.

The established need for PPE – First week of Feb

  • Understanding the need and balancing it against our stockpiles. Incl ban on PPE exports and encouragement of PPE imports

 National and Provincial Coordination – Initiated on 4th Feb, ongoing

  • Reached out to Provincial Chief Secretaries on COVID19 outbreak, sensitized them and established a mechanism for inter-provincial coordination.

Designated hospitals for isolation of COVID19 patients – First week of Feb

  • PIMS build a dedicated isolation ward. Currently, there are 207 hospitals across the country that is designated to take COVID19 patients

Contact tracing of high-risk passengers – initiated on 10th Feb, ongoing  

  • Over 20 000 passengers for high-risk areas (Iran and China) have been contacted and traced through phone calls and SMS.

Obtained lab diagnosis capability – 11th Feb

  • NIH was early to establish lab capability in the region. Currently, 13 labs are set up for COVID19 testing and 1 mobile lab in Taftan.

Established quarantine facilities – 14th Feb 

  • 300-bed quarantine established by MoNHSRC. Provinces have established 5 facilities.

Established 1166 National Helpline for COVID19 – 26th Feb

  • Helpline created for public awareness and guidance on COVID19

Suspension of flights to and from Iran – 27th Feb 

Meeting on Inter-Ministerial Coordination – 29th Feb

  • All relevant stakeholders, federal and provincial, met and charted a plan for increasing COVID19 preparedness in the country

Taftan closure and quarantine of all Zaireen – 28th Feb

  • All Zaireen coming to Pakistan through land crossing were quarantined

Chaman Border closure – 2nd March

  • Closed for 2 weeks to allow for the strengthening of health screening

Creation of National Coordination Committee for COVID19 – 13th March

  • The decision of the National Security Committee with all CMs and relevant Federal Ministers. Emulated at Provincial level.

Command and Control Center on COVID19 – 13th March

  • Set up under the auspicious of NCCC

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