PM lays foundation of isolation center

By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday visited coronavirus isolation center in Islamabad, to inspect the arrangements.
The isolation center consists 50 bed facility for the coronavirus patients in the federal capital. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal briefed the prime minister on the occasion.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the government was making all-out efforts to deal with the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country. Talking to Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, who called on him in Islamabad, PM Imran Khan had said that together we will fight against the deadly virus.
It may be noted that, so far 21 patients of coronavirus pandemic have recovered their health and eight people lost their lives out of total 1022 cases in Pakistan. Dr Zafar Mirza presented the latest developments regarding ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference. Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday broke ground for the construction of a 252-bed Isolation Hospital and Infectious Disease Center here as the tally of coronavirus cases reached 25 in the federal capital. Accompanied by Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, Director General Frontier Works Organization Major General Kamal Azfar, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ahmed Ali and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing, the prime minister also inspected a 50-bed quarantine facility, set up at Pak-China Friendship Center.
The isolation hospital would be constructed by the Frontier Works Organization near National Institute of Health over 40-kanal land, using the pre-fabricated light guage steel structure.
The Chinese government would fund the construction of the facility that had extended the assistance of around $4 million.