WHO to help Pakistan in COVID-19 spread data collection

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WHO to help Pakistan in COVID-19 spread data collection

ISLAMABAD-Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza Wednesday said the national prevalence study was being initiated in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) for collecting vital information about the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Speaking at a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, he said the samples would be collected from all city and rural areas of the country to ensure the representation of all segments of the society.

He said WHO had already selected 25 countries while Pakistan was the only country in South Asia which was selected for the study.

He said Health Services Academy and Agha Khan University would also collaborate with WHO in that regard.

The results of study would be compiled and shared by July end, he said and added the study would cover spread of coronavirus and the results would help making long term policy to deal with the pandemic.

WHO Representative in Pakistan Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala and Health University vice chancellor signed the MoU.

Dr Palitha said WHO was extremely happy to collaborate with Pakistan in this important study.