ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated the response of federal and provincial governments of Pakistan in effectively containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) presented their findings at a debriefing session in Islamabad, chaired by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan.
The WHO mission, comprising a team of experts, has been on a ten-day visit to Pakistan since 14th of this month, to review lessons learnt from Pakistan’s Covid-19 response and to work with national and provincial health experts.
The main area of the review was surveillance, point of entry, risk communication and community engagement, and continuity in essential health services.
Dr Faisal Sultan appreciated the efforts of the WHO mission and WHO Country Office in identifying the gaps and recommendations in the suggested areas of the International Health Regulations 2005.
He acknowledged that by strengthening the gaps in the identified areas, they can enable the health system to deal with any kind of infectious disease emergency, like Covid-19.