NCOC orders implementation of health SOPs and proper training of staff fighting COVID19.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) meeting held in Islamabad on Tuesday.
NCOC orders implementation of health SOPs
It directed to ensure implementation of health standard operating procedures (SOPs) and proper training of doctors and paramedics, fighting as the frontline force against COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister for Planning Development Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar heads the NCOC.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza apprised that the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination was going to launch the camping ‘WE CARE ’ for protection of the healthcare workers.
A draft of the guidelines in this regard was ready to be shared with the provincial health ministers for further implementation, Dr Zafar informed the meeting.
The campaign is aimed at bringing all medical workforce on the same page for using personal protective equipment (PPEs), link PPE utilization with supply and bridge gaps between hospital administrations and the government.
Around one lac health workers would get training on the guidelines through webinars, telehealth portal to be used in this process where it would also provide counseling and stress management facilities to doctors getting exhausted and stressed due to workload, the meeting was further informed.
Speaking on the occasion, Asad Umar said there was need to devise new strategy and planning after May 9 situation.
He directed all the ministers and quarters concerned to come up with draft plans aimed at dealing with the worst case scenarios as ease in the lockdown would increase pressure on the healthcare system and management which may persist till June and July.
Minister for Interior Brig (R) Ejaz Ahmed Shah, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, Minister for National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Textile and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on COVID-19 and others attended the meeting.