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Coronavirus cases tally rises to 10,000 nationwide

ISLAMABAD: The nationwide Covid-19 cases surpassed the 10,000 mark with 17 more people dying in one day.

Meanwhile, Dr Zafar Mirza warned that the Covid-19 situation during the month of Ramazan could become serious.

“It will be a time in which every person should do self-accountability if he/she is contributing to the spread of disease and what kind of role they have played in stopping the spread of disease.

Upcoming days will be challenging as [Covid-19] cases and deaths will increase,” he said during a media briefing.

Dr Mirza said that as many as 66 per cent of virus cases spread due to local transmission in the country, adding that 2,156 patients had fully recovered which was over 22pc of the total cases.

“However, as many as 17 persons died during the last 24 hours. It was equal to the highest number reported twice in the past,” he added.

He said a steering group, having representation from all the provincial health ministries, had been set up to have consensus-based decisions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. According to an official statement, the NIH, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), has established the Centre for Occupational and Patient Safety (COPS) and also developed Infection Prevention Control (IPC) guidelines. In this regard an inauguration ceremony was held at the NIH Islamabad.

The prime goal of the COPS is to provide continuous strategic guidance, capacity building, research and invalidation to facilitate the leaders at all levels to embrace, create and implement tools of occupational safety. The COPS will offer a range of programmes to create awareness and expedite implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve transformation in patient safety. It will play an instrumental role in enhancing patient experience, reducing risks and harm and achieving better health outcomes to improve healthcare quality in Pakistan.

On the occasion, NIH executive director Maj Gen Aamer Ikram said, “We are optimistic that the effective implementation of these simple IPC practices and functions of COPS will have an enormous positive impact in reducing healthcare associated infections (HAls), and improving patient safety levels. In addition, these guidelines will influence antimicrobial consumption and strengthen the Antibiotic Stewardship programme to reduce the burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which is a global priority.”

The guidelines and the centre will help healthcare workers in prevention and safety form diseases like Covid-19.

-DN Report

April 23, 2020

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