Coronavirus In Pakistan: Here Are Some Measures Described By US-Based Scholar Pakistani-American economist Dr.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the economist advised authorities to take bold steps if they want to save people from the pandemic.
Pakistan is on an explosive coronavirus trajectory and needs to take immediate, bold and clear-headed steps to protect its people and the economy,” he warned.
Here are the five steps that Pakistan should take immediately, according to the economist:
National lockdown. This is an emergency.
“This act will buy you essential time to build critical capacities and plan ahead,” Mian explains. This is an emergency.
Build testing and relevant health care capacity on war footing. Train health workers for contact-tracing, re-purpose buildings for recovery wards, etc. Bring all resources to bear on this.
“It is testing [of the disease] and certainty of safety that will allow the country to return to normalcy,” he said.
- Essential supply chains must keep flowing.
- Use the military to help out, Mian says.
- Massively expand social protection programs (like BISP). Get the private sector and NGOs involved in protecting the most vulnerable to help. This should be a national call, Mian urges.
- Now you have breathing space of a few weeks
“This will be a test of will and competence. Thousands, perhaps millions, of lives depend on it,” he has warned. Coronavirus In Pakistan: Here Are Some Measures Described By US-Based Scholar The number of confirmed cases in Pakistan rose to 519 on Saturday after Sindh reported 15 more cases in the province.