Health Minister Appeals to People to Observe Social Distancing


Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid has ordered scaling up of telemedicine facilities at Hospitals and removal of rush from waiting areas in the wake of increasing number of CIVID-19 in Punjab. The Minister chaired the review meeting of key officials at the Committee Room of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department. The meeting was attended by Secretary SHME and Provincial Focal Person for Corona Control Barrister Nabeel Awan, Special Secretary Silwat Saeed, Special Secretary Nadir Chatha, Additional Secretary Dr. Asif Tufail, Additional Secretary Salman Shahid, CEO Mayo Hospital Professor Asad Aslam Khan, Chairman PKLI BoG Dr. Javed Gardezi and other officials. Provincial Focal Person for Corona Nabeel Awan gave a complete update on COVID-19 cases and measures to combat the spread of the virus. The Minister said that adequate number of test kits is available and another supply of kits will be reaching shortly in Punjab. The Minister said: “The private hospitals have been directed to end rush of people in waiting areas. All public gatherings are being stopped. We are starting Telemedicine facility at Teaching Hospitals for all kinds of medical advice on Corona. Social Distancing the is key to prevention. I appeal to the people to stay at home and stop the spread of Corona virus. We are doing all in the realm of possibility to combat the threat. The healthcare staff is working round the clock to provide services to the people and the figures of suspected and confirmed patients are being shared on regular basis.” Dr. Yasmin Rashid further said that department is working in close collaboration with other departments to ensure best possible response to Corona.