People must cooperate in combating pandemic: Masood

Khizar Hayat Abbasi,

Two of 83 corona suspects tested positive in AJK,

MUZAFFARABAD:    The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Friday expressed satisfaction over the coordinated efforts of various government departments and the state institutions to contain COVID-19 pandemic in the liberated territory.

He reiterated appealed to the people to extend full cooperation to the state government and the law-enforcement agencies in making the preventive measures a success.

“In all 83 suspected patients of COVID-19, 59 of them have been tested negative, two positive, and the test reports of 24 suspected cases are yet to receive,” he added.

The president expressed these views while talking to AJK Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr here on Friday, and briefed him about the measures taken by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state chief secretary said that lockdown had been enforced in all big and small cities of the liberated territory, and various measures have been adopted for social distancing of the people, and to ensure thin participation in religious congregations and social gatherings. On the whole, he maintained, the people are cooperating with the government departments and the law-enforcement agencies in this regard.

The AJK president urged the people to physically stay away from the suspected persons infected with COVID-19, and wash their hands after they meet such people. Similarly, those suffering from chest and respiratory problems must avoid coughing and sneezing before the healthy people.

He appreciated the state government for activating the whole machinery in a short time to contain the spread of COVID-19. He particularly paid tributes to the physicians, nurses and other paramedical staff of the health department for actively working round the clock to save the human lives.

Sardar Masood Khan also appreciated the armed forces of country and the law-enforcement agencies for their efforts to ensure safety of people’s lives.

Later, Member of AJK Council of Islamic Ideology Mufti Kifayat Hussain Naqvi also called on the state president, and discussed the role of religious scholars in dealing with the situation erupted out of COVID-19.

On this occasion, the AJK president said that maximum cooperation was needed from ulema and other religious leaders to successfully combat the pandemic. On the one hand, the religious personalities and ulema should convince the people to follow basic principles of cleanliness in the light Islamic teachings, while on the other; they should direct their followers and the people to perform their religious rituals in a way that their own lives and the lives of others are not endangered.

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