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Really helpful lockdown as COVID-19 pandemic hit Pakistan: Dr Zafar Mirza

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  • Dr Zafar Mirza really helpful a lockdown in March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic hit Pakistan
  • Former particular assistant says he returned to Pakistan on a private request made by PM Imran Khan

KARACHI: Dr Zafar Mirza, the premier’s former particular assistant on well being, on Saturday stated that he had really helpful putting strict restrictions throughout the nation when the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation in March final 12 months.

Talking on the Arts Council in Karachi, he mirrored on his time as Pakistan’s defacto well being minister underneath a pandemic. “I had advised the premier to impose strict restrictions to contain the virus spread. I suggested we lockdown the country in March.”

Dr Mirza was appointed as a particular assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on well being in April 2019. Previous to that, he led the Public Well being, Innovation and Mental Property crew on the World Well being Group in Geneva, Switzerland for six years.

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Dr Mirza stated he had returned to Pakistan on a private request made by PM Imran Khan. The previous particular assistant resigned in July 2019 within the backdrop of public scrutiny over the matter of twin nationalities held by members of PM Imran Khan’s cupboard.

Following his exit, there have been speculations that the famend healthcare skilled would assume a job within the WHO. Responding to these reviews, Dr Mirza stated that he determined to stay within the nation after seeing all the issues Pakistan faces.

It could be famous right here that Pakistan was in a position to restrict coronavirus infections to lower than 300,000 within the first wave after taking immediate actions to lockdown the nation after which reopen the financial system in phases. 

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