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Pakistan

March 13, 2020

WHO officials satisfied over coronavirus screening arrangements at Karachi airport

Pakistan

Fri, Mar 13, 2020
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KARACHI: World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Country Representative,  Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, has expressed satisfaction over arrangements made for screening of people coming from abroad at the Jinnah International Airport.

“I have spent almost an hour at the Karachi International Airport and I’m quite satisfied with the screening arrangements at the airport. There are two setups for screening and they are quite satisfactory. I have given some suggestions to authorities but overall I’m satisfied with the arrangements”, Dr Palitha said while talking to The News late Thursday after concluding his visit to the airport.

After his arrival at the airport, the WHO official visited the screening points installed at the international arrival lounge. He also met with the health staff and airport officials and lauded their efforts for preventing the entry of suspected COVID-19 patients into the country undetected.

Accompanied by Dr Sara Salman, a WHO official from its sub-office in Karachi, Sindh health department officials and others, Dr Palitha visited the screening checks installed by both the Sindh health department as well as Islamabad's National Institute of Health (NIH) and praised the health staff and paramedics for their preparedness and efforts.

He also examined an extended isolation facility being established in tents at the airport and hoped that it would help in keeping the suspected passengers in isolation until they are transported to the hospitals for tests and treatment.

WHO officials said Dr Palitha would also be visiting some major health facilities in Karachi to ascertain their preparedness in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, he would be holding meetings with provincial health authorities including Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho and Secretary Health Zahid Ali Abbasi.

They said the WHO team in Pakistan is helping the local authorities and health authorities in dealing with the threat of COVID-19 and in this regard, they have provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), resources and training so that precious lives could be saved in the country.