Pakistan’s Response to COVID-19: Overcoming National and International Hypes to Fight the Pandemic
Hashaam Akhtar1*, Maham Afridi2, Samar Akhtar1, Hamaad Ahmad1, Sabahat Ali3, Sundas Khalid4, Sajid Mahmood Awan1, Shahzaib Jahangiri1, Yousef Saleh Khader5
1Yusra Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Yusra Medical and Dental College, Islamabad, Pakistan
2Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
3Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, PAF Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
4School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
5Department of Community Medicine, Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan Universityof Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Citation: Akhtar H, Afridi M, Akhtar S, Ahmad H, Ali S (2022) Pakistan’s Response to COVID-19: Overcoming National and International Hypes to Fight the Pandemic. SciTech Central COVID-19.
Received: February 22, 2022 Accepted: February 25, 2022 Published: February 25, 2022
The COVID-19 outbreak started as pneumonia in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The subsequent pandemic was declared asthe sixth public health emergency of international concern on January 30, 2020, by the World Health Organization. Pakistancould be a potential hotspot for COVID-19 owing to its high population of 204.65 million and its struggling health care andeconomic systems. Pakistan was able to tackle the challenge with relatively mild repercussions. The present analysis has beenconducted to highlight the situation of the disease in Pakistan in 2020 and the measures taken by various stakeholders coupledwith support from the community to abate the risk of catastrophic spread of the virus.
Keywords: Community health, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Epidemic, Epidemiology, Pakistan, Pandemic, Public health emergency of International concern