ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today visited National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on the occasion of completion of 100 days of its establishment. Federal Ministers, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, high-ranking officials were present at the occasion. Provinces were also represented via video link. Prime Minister was briefed in detail about the current situation and the pattern analysis of COVID-19 spread. The PM was also apprised on how the Pak strategy of smart lockdown has yielded results in balancing life and livelihood, keeping our economy afloat, address the issues of poor and the working class while containing the disease. It was highlighted that as per IMF World Economic Outlook, amongst a group of 30 countries Pakistan has reversed the projected downturn from -0.4 to 1.1. From July 19 to May 20, Pakistan’s exports fared much better as compared to the exports from other countries of the region. Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded the efforts of NCOC team in putting up a robust response to the pandemic and ensuring coordinated actions throughout the country. From daily monitoring of the situation to the capacity enhancement of health system and from establishing a credible database to better resource management and formulation of appropriate SOPs, the NCOC has led from the front in the fight against pandemic, observed the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister appreciated the resilience and adaptability of the nation to adjust to the new normal by following SOPs and face the challenge as one nation. The Prime Minister paid glowing tributes all the doctors and para-medical staff, emergency responders working as frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19. Noting a slowing down of disease progression, the PM directed to ensure strict implementation of SOPs, undertaking all required administrative actions to implement the strategy of smart lockdown and continuing mass awareness campaign to curtail the spread and specially prevent any resurgence of disease during Eid-ul- Azha. The Prime Minister also acknowledged the role and services of health care workers, emergency responders and management team from all the provinces, AJK and GB.
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