Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has appealed to the nation to celebrate Eidul Azha with simplicity, strictly observing standard operating procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus on Thursday.
Speaking to the journalists after the inaugurating of Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Center in Islamabad, PM Khan said, “If we are careless on Eidul Azha, Pakistan could see another spike in Covid-19 infections”.
“This led to pressure on our hospitals, our frontline workers also faced immense pressure, we, unfortunately, lost lives and the virus peaked.
“After Eid, we took steps to contain the virus, including imposing smart lockdowns today, infections are decreasing. By the grace of the Almighty, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the cooperation of the provinces in implementing instructions, due to the joint efforts of everyone, Pakistan is now among those countries where infections are declining”, he added.
“Today, I want to make a special appeal to you all: if we are careless on Eid ul Azha, the virus could spread again and there could be a fresh spike in the number of infections. Hospitals will come under pressure again. So I’m appealing to you all to mark this Eid with simplicity”, said PM Imran Khan.
PM stressed the government has come up with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Eidul Azha and how to carry out animal sacrifices.
“I appeal to the entire nation to observe Eid with simplicity — for the sake of your country, its economy, and especially the elderly and at-risk members of the society. If we take care now, then we can manage, God willing, to come out of this pandemic better than other countries”, said PM Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Center in Islamabad on Thursday.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.
The hospital established in record 40 days has 250-beds. It has been established at a cost of about 980 million rupees. It will treat coronavirus patients along with other infectious diseases.