24,785 passengers arrived homeland via BKIA: Ajmal Khan Wazir

Staff Reporter


Peshawar: Advisor to Chief Minister K.P on Information and Public Relations Ajmal Khan Wazir  has said that so far a total of 24,785 passengers have  arrived  homeland via Bacha Khan International Airport ( BKIA) through 162 flights while  2,754 passengers departed to different countries.

He said this While  talking to media, on Tuesday on his visit to BKIA where he was briefed by Airport Manager Ubaid Ur Rehman Abbasi about the arrangements made for the arrival and departure of passengers amid covid-19.Addressing the media, Ajmal Wazir  stated that, on Tuesday 14 dead bodies of overseas citizens had been brought back to country which bring the tally to 78.Ajmal Wazir said that,well trained medical staff had been deputed at airport including 13 doctors who are regularly monitoring and providing health facilities to  incoming and outgoing passengers.Advisor Information stated that, since April 48,190 persons had been screened which included the airport staff and passengers adding that as per standard operating procedures (sops) the entry of non passengers had been banned as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of Corona Virus.Advisor Information laudded the performance of air port management and  staff during covid-19.While talking about the medical capacity of hospitals, Ajmal Wazir said that a total of 200 hospitals across the province had been reserved for Corona  patients which contain 5440 beds adding that the newly built women and children hospital Charsadda which contain 50 beds and Nishatarabad hospital having capacity of 58 beds allocated for Corona patients  would be inaugurated soon by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.Further he said that, at present 50 percent of beds reserved for corona patients were vacant in hospitals across the province whereas 63 patients were on ventilator.

Disclosing the latest Corona situation, Ajmal Wazir stated that the ratio of daily  positive Corona cases had reduced to 15 percent. adding that the death ratio had also dropped from 5.2 percent to 3.6 percent.Ajmal Wazir said that so far 154,278 Corona tests had been conducted.Talking about smart lock down, Ajmal Wazir said, ‘ smart lockdown has been implemented in total of 244 areas having population of 883,390’.Ajmal Wazir said that ,in smart lockdown areas movement of people had been restricted to curtail the spread of virus.Ajmal Wazir added that , Chief Minister Mahmood Khan himself monitored the steps being taken against Corona.