PESHAWAR: No case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa yet, but the Health Department has been provided funds of Rs100 million to take measures in case of any emergency situation.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Tuesday chaired a meeting on preparations of the Health Department to tackle the challenge of coronations. The chief minister said during the meeting that people must not panic amid the coronations threat and adopt precautionary measures to prevent the disease. He said no confirmed case of coronavirus has surfaced from KP, and the provincial government is taking all precautionary measures to avoid its entry in the province.

Provincial ministers Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Akbar Ayub and Shukat Yousafzai, and Adviser to CM Ajmal Wazir attended the meeting besides officials of the Health Department. The chief minister was told that isolation wards have been set up at all major hospitals in different parts of KP, while private sector hospitals have also taken similar steps. He was also informed that a control room has been set up for regular reporting and a laboratory for testing of the novel coronavirus has been made operational. A helpline has also been set up at the federal level through which people can inform about any emergency situation in any area, including KP.

The KP government has set up Rapid Response Units in all the districts and line departments and autonomous bodies have also been directed to plan and execute activities related to preparedness, prevention and control of coronavirus. Screening of passengers at the Peshawar Airport is also underway to keep out the infected people.

The chief minister was told that staff and ambulance have also been provided for screening of people entering Pakistan at Torkham border. Measures to deal with the threat of coronavirus have also been taken at hospitals in merged tribal districts.

Mehmood Khan said the preparations of the KP Health Department are satisfactory. He said the Health Department is ready to overcome any emergency situation. He directed the concerned quar­ters to carry out a public health awareness campaign at mass level to educate the general public regarding coronavirus.