KARACHI: Former particular assistant to the premier on well being Dr Zafar Mirza mentioned Saturday that he had beneficial a country-wide lockdown in March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic hit Pakistan.
Speaking on the Arts Council Karachi, Dr Mirza talked about his journey as Pakistan’s defacto well being minister underneath a pandemic. “I suggested strict restrictions to contain the virus spread and recommended we lock down the country.”
Dr Mirza had been been appointed as a particular assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on well being in April 2019. Prior to that, he led the Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property workforce on the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for six years.
“I returned to Pakistan on a personal request made by PM Imran Khan,” he mentioned on the arts council. In July 2019, the previous particular assistant resigned 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 studies, Dr Mirza mentioned right this moment that he couldn’t go away Pakistan after “seeing all the problems faced by the country”.
It could also be famous right here that Pakistan was capable of 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.