Dr Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health said next 3 to 4 weeks are extremely critical for Pakistan while briefing media about the coronavirus situation in the country.
“In the last 24 hours, we have received the highest number of deaths from COVID-19, 17, for the third time in Pakistan,” he said, addressing an event held at the Ministry of Health’s office. “The coming three to four weeks will be critical for Pakistan.”
Dr Zafar Mirza said that coronavirus is spreading in Pakistan due to ignorance on safety measures. “We do not pay attention to the fact that communicable diseases are preventable,” he added. “Diseases spread despite efforts but a lot of things are under our control but since we don’t invest in it, we let diseases spread,” he said.
He said that guidelines issued by government are “notoriously neglected” in all parts of Pakistan. Dr Zafar Mirza added that protocols and SOP and “are like words to us and not concepts”. “I think for the whole of the world, especially the developing world, the health sector will never be the same,”
Mirza said that the whole world including Pakistan is suffering from the economic impact of the virus. “Do not take it as a mere infection only. It will have implications on our generation and the generations to come,” he added.