Pakistan Response to CoronaVirus Pics & Videos

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First case of Coronavirus emerged in Pakistan on 2nd March 2020 and has dramatically spread across the length and breadth of the country. However, till date, Pakistan is not among the worst hit countries by Coronavirus despite the global spread. Part credit goes to our government and part to our institutions for taking effective steps to contain it. We will look at the multi faceted Pakistan Government Response to Coronavirus COVID2019 in detail

Insaf Emergency Cash Program

PM Imran Khan has initiated the Insaf Emergency Program to distribute cash among the most poor and deserving people of Pakistan to help them in the Coronavirus related crises. Total 1 crore and 20 lakh people will benefit from this program by receiving one time cash payment of PKR 12000. Citizens can send SMS on 8171 with their CNIC number to get themselves evaluated. Government will utilize high end data analytics tools to shortlist the deserving people. Check out details in the official post revealing Insaf Emergency Program:

Establishing Dedicated Corona Portal and Helpline

Government of Pakistan has created a dedicated portal COVID.GOV.PK and helpline 1166. Website offer various type of information about Coronavirus along with official live count of coronavirus cases in Pakistan.

Government has also created a Corona Helpline app as you can see in below post with a chatbot facility to response in quickest possible manner.

Pakistan Corona WhatsApp Helpline

Government of Pakistan has created Corona WhatsApp Helpline to help answer all your queries. This is part of hte #DigitalPakistan initiative. Check out details in below post of Government of Pakistan.

Government of Pakistan has created an app to track Corona cases in Pakistan and provides upto date information about Coronavirus on the map. Check out Covid19 App for Pakistan

White Flag Tribute Nation Salute Doctors and Paramedic Staff

A national trend has emerged led by Government of Pakistan to pay tributes to our doctors and paramedic staff who are our front line soldiers in war against Coronavirus. Government has officially mandated uniformed personal to salute to doctors. Punjab Police presented Guard of Honor to doctors in government hospital in Lahore.

The trend got viral on social media titled “White Flag Tribute” and most of the celebrities also joined it. Check out some of the pictures on the Instagram:

Momal Sheikh and her family also posted a picture saluting our national heroes even though her daughter is risking her life for it by standing on the wall of the roof.

Waseem Akram, Shaneira Akram and their daughter posted a picture with White Flag to pay their tributes:

And here is Pakistani Actress Resham presenting her White Flag Tribute

Pakistan Halts Domestic and International Flights

Pakistan Government via Civil Aviation Authority has halted all the domestic and international flights except to Gilgit and Skardu as that is the only effective means of transport to these remote regions. We can recent clip by PIA stating “PIA Parked for Your Safetey”. Check it out:

Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Sanitizer among Staff

Government has shared the first batch of PPE among the concerned healthcare staff across the country. Recently KPK Government distributed first batch of 5000 kits among its staff. It also advised the staff to avoid taking selfies in it and not to damage it.

Check out Staff in DI Khan Quarantine Facility equipped with the PPE

Chinese donations are also worth mentioning here to help with the PPE

Setting up New Hospitals and Quarantine Centers

The video of China setting up 1000 bed hospital in Wuhan China has gone viral and attracted millions of views from across the globe. It was widely covered and Chinese government made headlines. However, Pakistan government with its extremely limited financial muscles has also done wonders by setting up multiple facilities in different cities across the country. Watch out some of them below:

Isolation Hospital and Infectious Diseases Treatment Center Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan performs ground breaking ceremony of the 250 bed, 70,000 sq.ft Isolation Hospital and Infectious Disease Treatment Centre in Islamabad. The IHIDTC center Islamabad will be established by Frontier Works Organization (FWO) with the support of Chinese government. Watch out the inauguration video below:

Makeshift Quarantine Centers in Government Properties

Lahore Expocenter as well as the Government College University have been converted into makeshift Qurantine Facility to tackle increasing Coronavirus cases in Punjab province.

Multan Quarantine Facility of 3000 beds

Also Pakistan largest Quarantine Facility has been established in Multan with 3000 beds. Its a massive facility with multiple buildings spread at a safe distance from each other. The establishment of Pakistan largest quarantine facility Multan is covered by ARY News on its website. Check out few pictures below:

Multan Quarantine Facility
APP35-19 MULTAN: March 19 – A view of buildings of quarantine centre declared by district administration for Taftan devotees. APP photo by Tanveer Bukhari

Nowshehra Quarantine Facility

Watch out makeshift Quarantine Center established in University of Technology Amangarh, Nowshera in KPK

Wazirabad Government of Punjab and Muslim Hands 1000 Bed Quarantine Facility

Government has also established 1000 beds Quarantine facility in Wazirabad on a public private partnership basis with Muslim Hands International. According to news clip in The Nation on Wazirabad Quarantine Center:

Assistant Commissioner Waqar Hussain selected a unique site for establishment of Quarantine Center of 1000 beds in the premises of Muslim Hands International’s Education Complex, lying vacant due to closing of schools, situated on Sialkot road 7 km from Wazirabad and 2 km from Sohdra Mor where two blocks has been reserved for the purpose. One thousand Corona Virus suspects will be kept in Quarantine. A single building has the capacity of 550 persons. MHI will provide Food to 550 persons in Quarantine Center and has donated Rs5 millions.

Lahore Expo Center 1000 Bed Quarantine Facility

Expo Center Lahore has also been converted into 1000 bed quarantine center by Punjab Government with the support of Pakistan Army.

This is no less a feat to establish this hospital in just 9 days. We must appreciate Punjab Government for it

Check out the video of Lahore Expo Center Quarantine Facility

Karachi Expo Center Quarantine Facility

Multiple other facilities are established in various government buildings across the country.

Special Economic Package for Pakistanis suffering from CoronaVirus

On 26th March, 2020, PTI led Pakistan Government announced whopping economic package of Rs 1.25 Trillion to address the economic difficulties faced by all sectors of society including poor individuals, business and industries. It would spent through multi sectoral relief package to address challenges arising from Coronavirus in Pakistan. Check out Global Media Coverage of Pakistan Record Relief Package

  • Gulf News: Coronavirus: Pakistan announces massive Rs1.25 trillion package to address COVID-19 challenges
  • RadioFree Europe: Pakistan Cuts Interest Rates, Sets $6 Billion To Offset Economic Impact Of Virus
  • Anadolu Agency: COVID-19: Pakistan unveils economic relief package
  • Dawn News: PM Imran announces financial stimulus package to mitigate economic fallout from Covid-19 outbreak

Punjab Government Tax Relief Package to cope with CoronaVirus related impacts

Punjab Government has just announced Rs 18 billion Tax Relief Package to cope with the Coronavirus related economic impacts. The salient features of Punjab Government Tax Relief package are listed in the below post

Traditional and Social Media Awareness Campaigns

Government is also running very effective social and traditional media campaign to increase awareness among the masses about Coronavirus to enable them to effectively fight it. Check out some of the pictures below:

People walk by a banner aimed at raising awareness of the coronavirus in Islamabad. Pakistan, as of Saturday, does not have a confirmed case of the infection.    © AP

Watch Samaa News video to create awareness on CoronaVirus in Pakistan

Desanitisation or Disinfection of all public Places

Government of Pakistan is also busy to desanitize all the public places that are frequently visited by people to avoid any spread. Disinfectants sprays are done with chlorinated water and bleach. Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi airports are already disinfected.

Lahore Airport disinfection:

Pakistan Post to Deliver Pension at Doorstep

Pakistan Post has announced that it would deliver pension to 1.5 million elderly customers at their doorstep. According to ARY News story:

Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Murad Saeed on Friday announced door-to-door delivery of money allocated for government pensioners across the country via Pakistan Post

https://youtu.be/cBfnMGBd9KE

Pakistan Railway Bogeys Converted to Quarantine Center

Pakistan railways has come up with an innovative solution to convert its bogeys into quarantine center for the Coronavirus patients. This makes it first Quarantine Center on the wheels. Just out the pictures of Pakistan Railways Quarantine Center

If you know any other steps, let us know in comments and would add to the list

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