Economic, health and social impact of COVID-19 pandemic must be reviewed: COAS

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RAWALPINDI (PakJirga) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that there is need to assess the economic, health and social impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

 

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS visited NCOC today. COAS was received by Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan, Commander Army Air Defence Command & National Coordinator NCOC.

COAS was briefed in detail by Major General Asif Mehmood Goraya, DG operations & planning NCOC about COVID-19 related multi sectoral situation, implementation of NCC decisions, projections about likely spread of the disease in Pakistan and support being extended to civil administration against pandemic.

COAS was also apprised about national strategy for test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) aimed at identifying disease spread, focused clusters / hotspots to enable targeted lockdowns & need driven resource optimisation at all levels. COAS lauded remarkable efforts of NCOC for formulating & implementing COVID-19 response despite resource & time constraints. While complimenting civil- military components of NCOC; COAS emphasised the need for continued stratified risk assessment, managing trinity of health crisis, economic slide & psycho-social impact through efficient resource management.

Pakistan Army in collaboration with other national institutions should take all possible measures to bring comfort to the nation in these challenging times particularly during RAMAZAN, COAS concluded.

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