Govt’s negligence brings coronavirus to Pakistan - Pakistan Today

Govt’s negligence brings coronavirus to Pakistan

  • Delays combined with inefficiency

Only days back Health SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza had assured that he was personally monitoring the screening system at the country’s airports to ensure that no coronavirus patient managed to enter Pakistan undetected. Later he claimed that a strong mechanism had been put in place at all the airports to ensure screening of the passengers coming from abroad. The Karachi patient infected with coronavirus, who had started showing symptoms during the flight from Iran, was cleared despite Dr Mirza’s claims along with the rest of the planeload of passengers. Ironically this happened after Iran had already reported its first cases of coronavirus. Did the new state-of-the-art scanners at the airport fail to work? Did the staff work carelessly? Were only the passengers coming from China being monitored despite the virus having spread to 47 more countries?

As a prominent member of the Pakistan Medical Association commented, the patient from Karachi “roamed around freely in the city for almost a week during which he must have interacted with a lot of people.” According to the Sindh CM, around 1,500 people have been identified who have travelled [to Sindh] from Iran in the past few days. This happened because the government waited for four days after reports from Iran about the coronavirus outbreak before it decided to close the Pak-Iran border. The delays by the government and the failure to keep a proper check on the incoming passengers amounted to opening the floodgates to the deadly viral disease. The issue is not confined to Karachi, as another patient belonging to Skardu, who had returned from Iran, was admitted to a hospital in Islamabad.

While one agrees with Dr Mirza that one must not panic, one also expects the government to take timely decisions, conduct training of the personnel deputed to airports, supervise the detection teams, and purchase monitoring equipment which is in working condition. The government had enough time to prepare to meet the challenge since late December when China reported the virus to WHO.

There are signs of the government’s negligence starting to hurt the economy and effect the common man. The PSX index dropped over 1,400 points to a three-month low after Pakistan confirmed the two coronavirus cases. Profiteering has sent masks out of the reach of many.


  1. Rizvi said:

    That’s what I posted earlier, the Government’s negligence is to blame, if they had earlier shut the borders and cancelled all flights back and forth between coronavirus hot-zone countries our situation would have been a lot better and people wouldn’t have had to worry about it daily. But NO this incompetent Government just had to act slow and give out hollow promises, have of the buffoons in this country don’t even know about the coronavirus disease. This is the sad state of Pakistan and failed PTI Government. Shame.

    • Rizvi said:

      I would like to add, even Iran’s Health Minister played it down and said “nothing to fear everything is under control” but instead he ended up infected and became a laughing stock. He was acting all tough, but in the end he looked like a clown. Mirza sahab, if you are too old to do the job, it’s best that you step-down and let someone who is able to handle such a role to do the job. Instead these idiots are clearing up hostels for thousands of other possible future infections, it’s like they already signaled to others that they’ve lost and they’re expecting many more people to end up infected. What a bunch of hooligans.

  2. Vixs said:

    Before the coronavirus news was published , week ago I read in a Arab newspaper that coronavirus was transmitted to Pakistan via Saudi. Govt is hiding and there may be more cases more than 2.

  3. Dr.M.M.Khan said:

    Let us talk sense and stop Govt. bashing. Yes we should be concerned about Corona Virus. Yes we should be vigilant but it is not really a killer virus. There is a difference between a positive test and suffering from it. Every time you cough it does not mean you have TB. We have survived bird flue,svine flue etc.We will survive this too. Are wearing of masks effective? Where is the evidence.? Pakistan is a dirty and a poor country. What can be done is being done. Stop panicking and use common sense.Stop verbal diaarhoe.This too is infective.

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