لاک ڈاؤن نہیں، معاشی پیکج کا اعلان ہوگا

وزیراعظم عمران خان نے کورونا وائرس کی روک تھام کیلئے قوم سے متحد ہونے کی اپیل کی ہے، ان کا کہنا ہے کہ افراتفری ہوئی تو زیادہ نقصان ہوگا۔

اسلام آباد میں سینئر صحافیوں سے ملاقات کے دوران وزیراعظم نے کہا کہ 4 یا 5 فیصد مریضوں کو بھی اگر آئی سی یو کی ضرورت ہوئی تو صورتحال خراب ہوجائے گی، حکومت صورتحال کا مقابلہ کرنے کی تیاریاں کررہی ہے۔

انھوں نے عوام سے رش والے مقامات پرنہ جانے کی اپیل کی اور کہا کہ سماجی طور پر تنہائی کی حکمت عملی موثر ثابت ہوئی ہے۔

Prime Minister Of Pakistan Imran Khan Addressing Media (20.03.20)

Prime Minister Of Pakistan Imran Khan Addressing Media (20.03.20)#PTI #PrimeMinisterImranKhan #CoronaVirus #PakistanThere were no facilities at Taftan initially where screening could be done. We had to build facilities from scratch, equipment had to be airlifted. It would be wrong to point fingers at anyone, especially CM Jam Kamal. We know the difficulties he went though to set this up. When the outbreak escalated in Iran, Iran itself lost the capability to deal with it. I must commend China here, when our students were stranded there, they assured us they were being taken care of like their own. And today I want to commend China that not one case came from China. Unfortunately, we are seeing in Iran their capability decreasing. I am urging the international community to lift sanctions at a time when the country is one of the worst hit by the pandemic. We had a meeting today with the Cm coordination committee, there are two looming dangers. If there is a sudden spike, 4-5% cases will need intensive care and hospitals. If the numbers increase, this can be a huge problem for us. Take a look at Italy today, with their strong GDP and buying power, they are running out of doctors, out of ventilators. So I am telling the nation now; that this term social distancing is extremely important.As a nation we have to show responsibility and discipline. Currently the numbers in Pakistan are manageable. We have to discipline ourselves; to not go to public places, if anyone has symptoms…. they should self quarantine. Self quarantine is important; take care at home. The chances of spread will decrease and we have learnt this from studying examples from the world. We have to show this discipline. We have to take care of the elderly and those with weak immune system. If the spikes happen, our Hospitals will not be ready to deal with influx if you are not responsible. Our medical workers and staff will be at the frontlines. We will update you as to how much equipment we have. Second, we have to stop panic from spreading. For this, the media has a very important role to play. Our journalists, our media channels have to show responsibility. In this content there can be no race for sensationalism and ratings. We will give guidelines to channel owners. You can not spread panic, as we have to prevent hoarding. Those societies which are the most well off, you can see supermarkets have emptied out. People are buying weapons in fear. These things can happen. No one can tell you today where corona virus will be in 1 month or 6 months. So it is imperative that we face this virus together.I was seeing today that a village in Mardan was quarantined. The media landed there and has created stigma and sensationalisation. China has fought this as a nation, and we have to fight this as a nation. And China is helping us on this. We don’t know where this will reach, but the media must play a responsible role.There are two strategies in play right now. The Sindh government locking down, and then our strategy. Both of them are not too different. We know that there should be no large gatherings, but we are a step behind a total economic lockdown. And for this the reason is because our economic situation is not the same as Italy. We have daily wage earners, we have rehri walas. Do we have the system to help and access them all? Seeing the possibility of organising these logisitcs, we are telling people to self quarantine, to not go to crowded places. But we are giving an incentive to the construction industry; an unprecedented one so that the daily wage earners can keep earning. To strike a balance we will monitor large crowds, we will make full use of technology and data. But at the same time we will incentivise the construction centre. The other issue we are fearful of is that a complete lockdown will effect hospital staff as well. This is why we are telling people to practice discipline. If we have to get out of this, it is important that we avoid public gatherings. Lastly, we are working on an economic package. Obviously we can not compete with economies like America who gave a 1 trillion dollar package. But we are working with all instructions across the board to incentivise and protect our business and to ensure economic activity.We have just ordered our first consignment for thermal scanner and 1 lakh PCR testing kits. One kit can conduct around 90 tests. We are trying to acquire 1500-2000 ventilators. We are looking at the German market. We are also looking to order 200,000 N-95 masks for those working in hospitals. At the moment; e entries at the western borders are having makeshift facilities build and 1000 rooms across all these places distributed.I want to tell everyone, that it is in our interest to have accurate data go to the public. We have combined data from ministry of interior, ISI… everyone across the board. We are using technology to detect clusters.From the media it is really important that you play your role in enduring that no hoarding is done because of panic. We are the country that is one of the biggest charity giving nation in the world. We have to keep in mind our labourers, the ones who feed their children on a day to day basis. Under the ehsaas program we will build a safety net for the poor. We don’t want construction to be affected by a total lockdown; so we will try and incentivise there so we can build capacity for people to earn. Every country right now is aiming to cushion its people. America is giving a 1 trillion dollar package. Huge packages in the Uk. Everyone knows they have to cushion their people and that’s exactly what we have been preparing for too. And we will announce details on Tuesday. In Afghanistan, it is only the movement of Trucks stuck here. We have 150,000 Pakistanis stuck overseas. A lot of them are in countries where the virus is spiking. We are debating amongst us, if we bring them in at this time we will not have the facilities to trace them. 25% of our people are in absolute poverty here. We are seeing what’s happening in the west. And we want to avoid such situations. We want to give accurate information everyday, but we want the media to refrain from sensationalising as this will create a panic situation.One is a total lockdown, which is to put an across the board curfew. This is not an easy decision to take. What the army will do, and what the police will do. A lockdown has to be sustained. We want to follow clusters and lock down specific locations. Our local dynamics and scenario is different. All our agencies, all our airports are monitoring the situation. So it is dynamic, and we are observing everything.We are looking at the worst case scenario as well. And because an entire lower segment of society will be left devastated, we have to balance the situation out as well.We have been following this since 15th January. We have screened 9 lakhs people. We had the first case on the 26th of feb. And when we hit 20 cases, we shut down schools. This has been quicker action than anywhere in the world. And this is because we have been following the global situation.

Posted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Friday, March 20, 2020

وزیراعظم نے کہا کہ علامات ظاہر ہونے پر متاثرہ شخص خود کو گھر تک محدود کرے ، وبا ایک دم پھیلنے سے مسائل کا سامنا کرنا پڑسکتا ہے، بعض ماہرین کی رائے ہے کہ درجہ حرارت بڑھنے سے وائرس کے اثرات کم ہوجائیں گے۔

عمران خان نے لاک ڈاؤن کا امکان مسترد کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ اس صورتحال کا مقابلہ کرنے کیلئے منگل کو معاشی پیکج کا اعلان کیا جائے گا۔

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