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PH may learn from Pakistan in Covid-19 fight

By Kris Crismundo August 5, 2020, 7:25 pm



PSA Philippines Consultancy Inc. Director for Business Intelligence Greg Wyatt

MANILA – A business risk consultancy firm said the Philippines may look at the efforts done by Pakistan in its fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that become successful in improving the pandemic situation.

PSA Philippines Consultancy Inc. Director for Business Intelligence Greg Wyatt said the Philippines and Pakistan have in common in terms of number of vulnerable people, growth inequality, and limited healthcare, but despite these challenges, Pakistan has managed to bring down the number of daily Covid-19 cases.

“If you’re looking for a country as an example, it may be possible that we can learn something from Pakistan. The situations are sort of analogous,” he said in a webinar of Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (NordCham) Wednesday.

He said Pakistani government manages the Covid-19 situation through targeted testing and lockdowns.

“Pakistan does not go back to large scale lockdowns, only localized lockdowns and testing where coronavirus hotspot, and all that appears to have worked very well,” he added.

Pakistan has over 281,000 confirmed cases, with 254,000 recoveries and 6,014 deaths. It recorded its peak on June 14 with 6,825 Covid-19 cases.

On Tuesday, the south Asian country reported 553 infections in a day.

Wyatt added Pakistan was able bring down the number of daily cases while maintaining the positive rate low.

He said the Philippine government is currently doing the targeted lockdowns and testing, however, it is yet to know if it will be able to replicate Pakistan’s results.

He said it took six weeks for the government to relieve pressure on the healthcare system in Cebu City.

Wyatt hopes the government will be able to do it in Metro Manila within the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Wyatt said he sees the government will further tweak its policies after the MECQ by encouraging also the use of face shields and less home quarantine. (PNA)
 

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It is also a strategy being used in Europe also to good effect, though the economic climates are different. Ideally a functioning test and trace mechanism needs to be in place and households need to be highly disciplined and supplied/supported appropriately so as not to need to break curfew instructions.
 

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well the war is not over yet. and we did not do anything right in our fight against corona. pakistan is a poor country with little health resources. a highly populated country where majority are poor and uneducated so they cant stick to the SOPs. why corona is on decline in pakistan no one really has any answer. it is nothing less then a miracle. may be years later researchers may find out the reasons why corona is becomes so lethal in some individuals as while others remain asymtomatic. research is also needed to find out the reasons why it is more lethal in certain countries as compared to the others.
 

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PH may learn from Pakistan in Covid-19 fight

By Kris Crismundo August 5, 2020, 7:25 pm



PSA Philippines Consultancy Inc. Director for Business Intelligence Greg Wyatt

MANILA – A business risk consultancy firm said the Philippines may look at the efforts done by Pakistan in its fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that become successful in improving the pandemic situation.

PSA Philippines Consultancy Inc. Director for Business Intelligence Greg Wyatt said the Philippines and Pakistan have in common in terms of number of vulnerable people, growth inequality, and limited healthcare, but despite these challenges, Pakistan has managed to bring down the number of daily Covid-19 cases.

“If you’re looking for a country as an example, it may be possible that we can learn something from Pakistan. The situations are sort of analogous,” he said in a webinar of Nordic Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (NordCham) Wednesday.

He said Pakistani government manages the Covid-19 situation through targeted testing and lockdowns.

“Pakistan does not go back to large scale lockdowns, only localized lockdowns and testing where coronavirus hotspot, and all that appears to have worked very well,” he added.

Pakistan has over 281,000 confirmed cases, with 254,000 recoveries and 6,014 deaths. It recorded its peak on June 14 with 6,825 Covid-19 cases.

On Tuesday, the south Asian country reported 553 infections in a day.

Wyatt added Pakistan was able bring down the number of daily cases while maintaining the positive rate low.

He said the Philippine government is currently doing the targeted lockdowns and testing, however, it is yet to know if it will be able to replicate Pakistan’s results.

He said it took six weeks for the government to relieve pressure on the healthcare system in Cebu City.

Wyatt hopes the government will be able to do it in Metro Manila within the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Wyatt said he sees the government will further tweak its policies after the MECQ by encouraging also the use of face shields and less home quarantine. (PNA)
Pakistan has done a great job so far. People should continue to follow the SOPs.
 

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