The 20th consecutive meeting of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) during Ramazan was held at the NCOC on Thursday.
The NCOC took an in-depth review of existing beds, ventilators and other medical facilities in hospitals, keeping in view the projections of possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the present data.
The purpose of the thorough examination of the existing facilities was to gauge the capacity of the hospitals. The meeting also reviewed the latest situation of COVID-19, progress on implementation of SOPs and guidelines at the provincial level.
Addressing the meeting in chair, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said that the provinces and hospital management had the responsibility to ensure availability of verified data of coronavirus affected patients, and to take effective measures for mitigating the risk of the pandemic outbreak.
While lauding the role of the provinces and health administration Asad Umar said that the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the non-spread of coronavirus during the past day at the provincial and district level was encouraging.
He said that the implementation of SOPs and guidelines for containing the risk of COVID-19 could only ensure public health and safety. Federal Minister for Interior Brig (r) Ijaz Ahmad Shah apprised the forum that clear instructions to implement the SOPs and guidelines for religious congregations, mosques and markets had been issued a day earlier.