Protecting health professionals, curbing spread of coronavirus top priorities, says PM Imran | Pakistan


Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photo: file

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the government was taking all possible measures to protect the health professionals who were leading the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Speaking to the media while on a visit to Peshawar, the premier said that it was likely that the health professionals would come under increased pressure as the number of cases of the virus increased across Pakistan.

“According to global trends, the virus will spread in the next few days, which will put more pressure on the medical community,” he said.

“Right now our main objectives are protecting medical professionals and striking a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and keeping our economy running,” he added.

PM visits HMC, briefed on virus situation

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Peshawar on Friday on a day-long visit to review the coronavirus situation in the province.

The prime minister visited the Hayatabad Medical Complex and was briefed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government about the measures taken to stem the spread of coronavirus in the region.

The prime minister also visited a facilitation centre established for the distribution of cash grants and rations among the coronavirus affectees in the provincial capital.

The province-wide tally of coronavirus stands at 620 with 22 fatalities reported so far.

Earlier on Thursday during Quetta visit, PM Imran said that the Centre would offer all possible assistance, as well as resources, to the government of Balochistan to tackle the novel coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 200 people there, but warned that the situation could worsen in coming days.

Addressing the provincial cabinet and members of the parliament, PM Imran said the COVID-19 has become a challenge for the entire world, including Pakistan.

“We will fight as a nation against the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped almost the entire world,” he added.

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