RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army is helping civil administration and law enforcement agencies to ensure measures for containment of COVID-19 with a focus on public safety, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement giving details of the arrangements on Saturday.
According to the statement, the troops have been deployed across the country in aid of civil power under Article 245.
“Contact tracking, tracing to identify and isolate suspected individuals being done to ensure containment of COVID-19 spread. Army troops assisting in the management of quarantine facilities. A total of 182 Quarantine facilities have been established across the country,” the ISPR said.
According to details, army troops are assisting civil administration for enforcement measures in various parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir, including Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, Barnala, Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Kel, and Rawalakot.
In Balochistan, troops are deployed in Awaran, Dukki, Chaghi, Lasbela, Kalat, Naushki, Khuzdar, Sibbi and Gwadar.
“Army troops, doctors and paramedics assisting civil administration in managing Taftan quarantine facility. An additional container-based quarantine facility for 600 individuals being established at Taftan,” said the statement.
“A tent-based quarantine facility with 805 tents and allied facilities as per best practices is being established at Chaman. Army field medical battalion with specialist doctors and paramedics deployed at Chaman for the management of the facility. Container-based Quarantine facility for 300 individuals being established at Village Killi Faizu, Chaman,” it said.
In Gilgit- Baltistan, troops are deployed in all 10 districts and far-flung areas to assist civil administration for enforcement measures, screening and testing measures, said ISPR. “Pakistan army helicopters flew special sorties through Khunjrab pass for transporting and distribution of medical equipment received from China, including five ventilators, 2,000 testing kits, 2,000 medical suits, 2,000 N95 masks, and 0.2 million face masks.”
In Islamabad, joint check posts on entry and exit points have been established while joint patrolling with police and isolation of suspected localities is being carried out, the statement added.
“In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, troops are deployed in 26 districts. Four border terminals and interprovincial boundaries are being manned and managed at Drazinda. Army troops are assisting civil administration for the management of quarantine camps at Drazinda, Gomal University, D.I. Khan and Post Graduate Paramedic Institutes Peshawar.”
A quarantine facility for 1,500 individuals being established at Landi Kotal and Jamrud. Army troops and LEAs are ensuring isolation of 10 residential areas of confirmed cases at Peshawar, Mardan, Charsada and Buner, said ISPR.
Over 4,000 suspected cases have been tracked and traced and are being isolated to contain the spread of COVID-19, it added.
According to the statement, in Punjab, army troops have been deployed in 34 districts of the province.
“Joint check posts established on entry and exit points, patrolling with police for enforcement to measures taken by the provincial government. Troops assisting civil administration in managing DG Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, and Lahore Expo Centre quarantine and isolation facilities. Disinfection campaign is underway of various public places including airports, train platforms, and other such public places. “
In Sindh, troops have been deployed in 29 districts of Sindh. Pakistan Rangers Sindh along with Police has been deployed at all entry and exit points. “Troops assisting civil administration for management of quarantine facilities at Sukkur & Karachi Expo Centre,” it added.