The plan for the Corona Virus by the National Institute of Health

The plan for the Corona Virus by the National Institute of Health

S. No.

Actionable Point

Details of Actions to be taken

Responsibility

Timeline

1

Awareness about Coronavirus

Informing the general public about nature and extent of the spread of virus in Pakistan. A focal person to disseminate information to the public be nominated.

MNHSRC

Daily Press Conference

 

 

Designation of Focal Person

Steps taken by the government (Thermal scanning, Isolation Wards, Travel SOPs, Helpline, etc.) to control the spread of coronavirus.

MNHSRC

 

Creating Awareness about preventive measures through Print/Electronic Media

-Development of content

-Dissemination

MNHSRC/MOIB

 

 

 

MNHSRC

MOIB/PEMRA

In Daily Newspapers (National/Regional)

 

TV Channels (Peak Hours/PSL Matches)

Advisories be issued to Print/Electronic Media to pass on information, after verification from focal person of MNHSRC, to the general public. Sensationalism to be avoided and PEMRA to monitor the channels.

MNHSRC

MOIB

PEMRA

 

2

Quarantine of suspected patients and those who have travelled with the  diagnosed patients by bus from Iran

Identification and Immediate quarantine of travelers who travelled with diagnosed cases and continuous monitoring of all those people 

MNHSRC

 

3

Closure of Educational Institutions

Explore the requirement of closure of all Public/Private educational institutions,  till 15 March (or any other date), as and when required

MNHSRC

MOFEPT

Advisory to be issued, if needed

4

Thermal Scanning at PSL Matches

Possibility of Thermal Scanning at Cricket Stadium may be explored

MNHSRC

PCB

Deployment of Staff at Stadium, if needed

5

Quarantine facilities at Hospitals and other places

Quarantine facilities at hospitals and other places, especially at Haji Camp, may be upgraded and in a state of readiness in case the virus spreads

MNHSRC

NDMA

Provincial Governments

Immediate Readiness of Quarantine facility

6

Closure of flights from selected destinations

Explore the possibility of closure of flights from selected destinations keeping in view the arrangements at airports

Aviation Division

MNHSRC

 

Decision on closure, and the timeframe, needs to be taken immediately

7

Closure/Monitoring of borders/entry points

Possibility of closure of Borders with neighboring countries, if and when required

MNHSRC

Interior Division

Decision on closure of borders, and the timeframe, needs to be taken immediately

 

8

Strengthening the mechanism to check incoming passengers at airports/entry points

 

Thermal Scanning of all passengers entering Pakistan, by air/road/rail, needs to be ensured

MNHSRC

Ensure 100% thermal scanning of all incoming passengers

9

Ensure availability of masks/gloves. Control of smuggling of masks which are being smuggled and shortage is being created

 

Smuggling of masks be controlled

MNHSRC

FBR

Special initiative to control smuggling and ensure availability of masks

10

Travel Advisories may be issued restricting movement to countries, afflicted with

MOFA and MOI to consider issuing travel advisory to advise travelling/movement of Pakistanis, to coronavirus afflicted countries, only for essential visits, avoiding non-essential visits

 

MNHSRC

MOFA

MOI

Travel advisory to be issued at the earliest, as and when so decided

11

Revision of Travel form, to incorporate all countries affected by coronavirus, from in-bound passengers requiring them to declare their past travel history

Travel form being sought from in-bound passengers needs to include travel history of all countries, affected by coronavirus, instead of a few selected countries. A uniform universal form shall be designed for the purpose.

MNHSRC

Aviation Division

Immediate