ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 : Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the countrymen to exercise extra cautionary measure during the preparations for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha to avert resurgence of corona virus.
Prime minister while talking to media persons after inaugurating the first ever Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Centre said that he made an appeal to people not to do again what they did on previous Eid (Eidul Fitr). Any public gathering reasons the spread of virus and puts pressure on hospitals, doctors and nurses besides causing deaths.
The prime minister said the effective measures collectively taken by the provinces as advised by the NCOC, had amazingly led to the flattening of coronavirus curve even before the projected time frame.
He said as the infections rate was on downward trend, it could also surge again if the people showed negligence and violated the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
“I appeal the people to celebrate this Eid with simplicity. The SOPs has been formulated for the Eid. Just for sake of national economy and well being of old-aged people and already ailing people, it is essential to observe Eid with simplicity,” the prime minister said who earlier visited different sections of the hospitals after unveiling its plaque.
He lauded the tremendous work by the NDMA for completion of the facility in record 100 days period despite the lockdown impeding the movement of the people and transportation of material.
He said the completion of such specialized hospital manifested the political will of the government to carry out the challenging task in difficult time.
The COVID-combat facility has been opened at a time when the tally of recovered patients stood at 145, 311 with 90,554 active cases and 4,983 deaths so far. Out of 24, 333 tests conducted during last 24 hours, 3,359 tested positive while 61 succumbed to the pathogen.
During the briefing, the prime minister was told that the hospital would be operated through public private philanthropic partnership for interim period of up to December 2020 when it would cost around Rs 300 million.
The hospital is equipped with five ICUs, isolation wards, 95 oxygenated beds besides being equipped with CCTV cameras, lab information and nurse calling systems.