ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday held a video conference with the Director General World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
While noting progress made by Pakistan in containing the spread of Coronavirus, the WHO appreciated the steps taken by the government of Pakistan in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prime minister appreciated the support extended by the WHO to the international community including Pakistan to fight COVID-19.
Imran Khan highlighted Pakistan’s strategy of deploying scientific and data-driven interventions as well as rapid upgrades of health care facilities, all while attempting to maintain a balance between life and livelihood that has yielded positive results with a current downward trajectory in the spread of the pandemic.
The prime minister observed that travel restrictions imposed by developed countries in the wake of COVID-19 can further exacerbate the economic difficulties of developing countries struggling to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the pandemic.
In addition, he called upon the WHO to play its role in engaging member states to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Pakistan and other developing Countries and to work towards a data-driven system of non-discriminatory travel rules.
The Director General WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom stated that the organization was working to suggest COVID-19 related travel guidelines to help the international community in making these decisions.
The PM @ImranKhanPTI had a call with DG of WHO @DrTedros. DG recognized the positive trend in disease curtailment in Pak. PM asked WHO to develop travel guidelines to be adopted by all countries to ensure that low income countries are not discriminated against in global travel.
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) July 6, 2020