–Necessary arrangements being put in place for people expected to enter country via Torkham border
PESHAWAR: The coronavirus tests results of the majority of Taftaan Zaireens quarantined at Darazinda D.I.Khan had come out negative and they were now being sent to their homes to live in quarantine for the next two weeks.
This was revealed during high-level meeting presided over by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan here on Tuesday for reviewing the latest situation of coronavirus in KP and decide a future course of action.
The meeting was attended by Health Minister Taimur Jhagrha, advisor to CM on Information Ajmal Khan Wazir, Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt. Gen. Nauman Mahmood, Chief Secretary, Dr Kazim Niaz, Inspector General Police, Sanaullah Abbassi, administrative secretaries of Relief, Home and Health departments and other relevant high ups.
While briefing the meeting, it was told that decisions taken in the last meeting of the provincial cabinet regarding social distancing to control the outbreak of corona pandemic were being fully implemented across the province.
It was informed that overall 215 quarantine centres have been established in the province to cater to the needs of the suspected patients of Corona out of which 24 centres are active at the moment.
The meeting decided to provide free ration packages to the families of the individuals kept at government quarantine facilities as well.
The matter of given risk allowance to the frontline health and rescue workers also came under consideration and it was decided that such a package would be announced within a couple of days when finance department gets the homework and calculation completed.
The meeting also decided to devise a mechanism to regulate the private vehicles plying within cities.
The meeting has stressed the need for evolving a mechanism in coordination with the federal government and other provinces to safely exchange the individuals of Tableeghi Jumaats.
The meeting reviewed in details necessary arrangements put in place for the people expected to come from across the border when the Torkham border is opened as well as for the people coming through flights when international flight operations are resumed.
The meeting was also updated about the latest situation of testing and treatment facilities of corona patients by the health department and it was told that testing capacity had been increased from 100 per day to 300 per day which would further be increased to 500 within next few days.
As many as 215 quarantine centres, 554 High Dependency Units (HDU) and 2,400 isolation beds have been arranged for corona patients across the province.
The meeting was further informed that the number of ventilators in public sector hospitals of the province has been increased two folds which is further being increased on a war footing.
The meeting expressed its satisfaction on the improved pace of supply of essential medical equipment to the hospitals and the stressed the need for further improvements.