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Thursday May 14 2020

NCOC analyses available health facilities in hospitals to fight against coronavirus

Federal Minister for Planning chairs meeting at National Command and Operation Center on Thursday.

National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Thursday took an in-depth analysis of existing beds, ventilators and other facilities in the hospitals given possible spread of the virus according to the projections and available data of reported coronavirus cases in the country.

With an aim to examine to existing facilities in medical centres and to collect real-time data and gauge capacity of the hospitals, the 20th consecutive meeting of the NCOC during Ramadan also reviewed the latest situation of COVID-19, progress on implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines at the provincial level.

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Addressing the meeting in chair, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said: "The provinces and hospital management had the responsibility to ensure verified data of coronavirus affected patients in order to take effective measures for mitigating the risk of the pandemic outbreak."

The minister went on to add that the management of the provinces and hospitals had an eminent role to play for providing credible information. In this context, the provinces and the administration were doing a commendable job and should continue to maintain a systematic record.

"The implementation of SOPs to curb the spread of coronavirus during the past day at the provincial and district level was encouraging", Umar stated, adding that the practice of SOPs and guidelines for containing the risk of COVID-19 would ensure public health and safety.

According to NCOC, the SOPs and guidelines for religious congregations, mosques and markets have also been issued previously.