Section 144 imposed in Punjab over coronavirus outbreak

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LAHORE: All stakeholders in the society would have to play their role in efforts to combat coronavirus, besides strictly adhering to the advisory on precautionary measures so that every citizen could be saved from this disease.

 

These views were expressed by Chief Secretary Punjab retired Major Azam Suleman Khan and Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid while presiding over an emergent meeting on coronavirus, at Camp Office in Lahore.

 

During the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha informed the meeting that section 144 has been imposed for three weeks across the province to prohibit hoarding and profiteering of hand sanitizers, opening of all private and public educational institutes, marriage/banquet halls and marquees, holding of examinations, religious congregation, public gatherings, and sports festivals.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Secretary directed that all educational institutes would be kept closed and presence of teaching staff there would not be allowed as well.

 

The meeting also decided to close all parks, zoos and recreational places for public. It was also decided that buses, which brought pilgrims from Iran and other areas, would be disinfected, relatives of pilgrims would be given awareness about precautionary measures through videos and help of Ulema would be sought for this purpose.

During the meeting, all the divisional commissioners were asked to allocate one hospital in each division for medical treatment of coronavirus patients and make arrangements for quarantine and isolation there.

On this occasion, the Punjab Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid suggested providing kits to private labs by the government to give people facility of coronavirus test at affordable rate. She said that the health department has established a helpline 1033 to provide information to general public.

IG Punjab Shoaib Dastgir told the meeting that his force is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the administration. He said our Jawans would not budge an inch in the hour of need.

He briefed the Health Minister and Chief Secretary that training sessions in police training centres and departmental promotion exams have been cancelled throughout the province and parades of jawans have been banned in all police lines. He said that lectures for jawans to enhance awareness about coronavirus continue under supervision of health experts in police lines.

The CCPO Lahore Zulfiqar Hameed told the meeting that a quarantine centre for police employees is being established at Kala Shah Kaku to face any eventuality.

While issuing directions to officers, the Chief Secretary said that wedding ceremonies within the boundary walls of houses are allowed.

 

The meeting also decided to take stern action against the hoarders of food items, besides launching a media campaign to enhance awareness among people about coronavirus so that citizens could save themselves from this disease by following precautionary measures.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha, IG Police Shoaib Dastgir, secretaries of health and food departments, commissioner Lahore and Bahawalpur whereas as all other divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, regional police officers and district police officers joined the meeting through video conferencing.

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