Altaf Hamid Rao:
State Govt. decides to reimpose lockdown to combat pandemic,
MIRPUR (AJK): (Parliament Times) In a hurriedly whirlwind move, Azad Jammu & Kashmir government Sunday decided in principle to re~impose lock down throughout the State of AJK to combat against the fast emerging cases of novel corona virus in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
This was decided at a high level meeting, held in the State’s metropolis on Sunday under the chairmanship of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, an official proclamation of AJK Government said Sunday night.
The meeting expressed serious concern over the increasing patients of corona pandemic and directed the concerned officials to formulate a vibrant and comprehensive policy within two days for the implementation of lock down in the state again and to make the policy more effective.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister said that economic powers of the world have failed to counter the effects of COVID 19 despite having all resources therefore effective and timely steps are needed to check the virus. He said the government has limited resources to deal with the situations however all available avenues should be channelized to control the covid.19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister directed to make entry points more effective and implementation of complete SOPs in all the educational institutions of the state.He said religious, political and social gathering will be made limited to deal with the pandemic.
He said the government is fully aware of the difficulties being faced by the people but the implementation of two week restrictions will not only save their own lives but the lives of the others as well. He appealed to the general public to adopt precautionary measures and use of masks be made compulsory in their daily life. It will be made compulsory in all offices and other public places as well in transport to save the lives of the people and added that violators will be dealt according to the law.
Earlier the Prime Minister was briefed by the AJK health department about the increasing patients of covid.19 and added that there are 8.3 percent of corona patients positive in Azad Kashmir which is higher than any other provinces of Pakistan. The health department also briefed the Prime Minister about the present number of corona patients and hospitalization facilities extended to them in all over Azad Jammu & Kashmir.