CORONAVIRUS COVID-19, A POTENTIAL DISASTER THAT TEETERED PAKISTAN
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has climbed to more than 2000. Currently, Pakistan has the highest number of cases in South Asia and it‘s far more than the neighbor country, India. Considering the present situation of Pakistan, the government took some important steps to reduce the cases of coronavirus from the country. From the past two weeks, the ministers of every province in Pakistan took some steps in order to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Each of the provinces in Pakistan executed varying levels of lockdown as the number of coronavirus cases rose instantly in the country. But still, the country is facing serious challenges to deal with this pandemic outbreak.
Pakistan faces prominent challenges to deal with the current situation
The country gravely mishandled the return of coronavirus-infected pilgrims from Iran, and most of the infected patients came from Iran. Not only that the country is also facing the challenges to deal with the rising patients. Muslim-majority countries, including Saudi Arabia, have canceled communal prayers, Pakistan’s mosques remained open for several weeks. The health system of Pakistan, with dated and limited public health facilities, created the issues for the doctors and patients. Pakistan is woefully unprepared to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks and with the influx of critically ill patients. Doctors lack personal protective equipment that has caused health risks for them, at least one of the nine victims so far is a doctor.
The consequences of letting coronavirus spread further would be devastating for the country. The initial response of the country is already exposing that is concerned with the political patterns, including the powerful army asserting competence over the civilian government.
An Influx of COVID-19 positive cases from Iran