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WHO country representative visits Karachi Airport, expresses satisfaction

World Health Organisation’s Country Representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, has reviewed arrangements for coronavirus screening at the Jinnah International Airport and expressed his satisfaction.

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Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala has visited Karachi Airport on Thursday and reviewed arrangements made for screening of passengers coming from foreign countries.

Dr Palitha Mahipala visited screening camps installed by provincial and federal governments at the Karachi Airport and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements for screening passengers.

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Talking at the occasion, he said that he was quite satisfied with the arrangements made for the screening of passengers at the airport. Moreover, he also commended the efforts of staff doing screening of the passengers.
He said he has given few recommendations to provincial and federal officials regarding screening but he is satisfied with the arrangements that have been made at Karachi Airport in order to stop spread of Coronavirus.

He also visited isolation rooms set up temporarily from Sindh government along with screening Camps set up by federal and provincial governments. Representative of sub ordinate office of WHO in Sindh Dr Sara Salman, officials of provincial health department were also present at the occasion.

Further more he said,’“I have spent almost an hour at the Karachi International Airport and I’m quite satisfied with the screening arrangements at the airport. There are two setups for screening and they are quite satisfactory. I have given some suggestions to authorities but overall I’m satisfied with the arrangements”, Dr. Palitha said.

Sindh Government  is concerned over lack of coordination between provicne and center

According to Spokesman for the sindh government  Barrister Murtaza Wahab,  Karachi is the biggest city of Pakistan and mainly ninty percent of cases have been discovered here so huge precautions are needed here, He added that the helping hand which federal government would have provided was totally not present at the place.

He said in a press conference in Karachi that precautionary measures are needed at Karachi airport and he wants that Federal government should take an immediate step to improve its virus monitoring system, He said that till now Sindh government is testing people who have entered in province and ,

” Those who were tested positive were shifted into isolation wards without any delay and doctors are keeping a continuous check on them”.

Barrister Murtaza Wahab in this regard accepted that Provincial government is cooperating through this hard time but on the other side of the coin Federal government is totally silent and not realizing its responsibilities.

Chief minster Sindh and government had been on ground the day it all started occurring and he never tried to observe anything from distant but always tried his best to provide all reasonable sources to help and control the deadly situation on ground, and he arranged a meeting of the corona virus task force , but again no response from Federal government.

Wahab also explained that he was not blaming anyone but he wanted that Federal government should provide the testing facilities on the border,

He also requested media not to disclose personal information of the victims of corona virus as ” It is our basic duty to protect victim’s privacy”.