World Should Learn From Pakistan's Covid-19 Success Story-WHO

World Should Learn From Pakistan’s Covid-19 Success Story-WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the world should learn from Pakistan’s success story of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza acknowledged that it was the recognition of Pakistan’s effort at the international level.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Pakistan for deploying the infrastructure built up for polio to fighting Covid-19.

“Community health workers who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children for polio have been utilized for surveillance, contact tracing, and care,” he said.

“There are many other examples, including Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, and Vietnam. Many of these countries have done well because they learned lessons from previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, flu, and other diseases. That’s why we all must learn lessons this pandemic is teaching us,” he said.

Moreover, he asks the international community to follow the steps of these countries to combat the virus.

Ministry of National Health Services spokesperson Sajid Shah said

These were collective efforts from the platform of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC). As a result, not only Pakistan disprove all international estimates of the number of cases, but it also minimized cases.

Besides this, in India, around 4.5 million cases and 75,000 deaths have been reported. After Us, India is the second country that faces the worst disaster of the virus.

How Covid-19 Pandemic Emerge?

The virus was first detected in China in December 2019 and then it started spreading in other countries. Pakistan closed its borders and take many steps to stop the transmission due to which the first case of Covid-19 was reported in the last week of February. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting of NSC and directed the concerned authorities to devise a comprehensive strategy to prevent the spread of the disease. A lockdown was announced on March 16 and several industries were closed.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was there to ensure the timely delivery of medical supplies and health-related equipment. 

Pakistan also sealed its western border with Afghanistan and Iran. Moreover, the Kartarpur shrine was also close to local people.

However, after the opening of tourist spots, some cases were reported from the tourist place of Gilgit Baltistan. After this news, the government decides to seal those spots again. As there is a fear os virus the second wave to emerge.

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