ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon the World Health Organization (WHO) to play its role in engaging member states to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Pakistan and other developing countries.
The prime minister held a video conference with Director General WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom, according to a press statement issued by PM office media wing today.
The prime minister observed that travel restrictions imposed by the developed countries in the wake of COVID-19 could further exacerbate the economic difficulties of developing countries struggling to mitigate adverse economic impact of the pandemic, the statement said.
While noting progress made by Pakistan in containing the spread of COVID-19, WHO lauded the measures taken by the government of Pakistan in fighting the epidemic.
Imran Khan appreciated the support extended by the WHO chief to the international community including Pakistan to battle against COVID-19.
The prime minister also highlighted Pakistan’s strategy of deploying scientific and data-driven interventions as well as rapid upgrades of healthcare facilities while attempting to maintain a balance between life and livelihood that had yielded positive results with a current downward trajectory in the spread of the pandemic.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom said that WHO was working to suggest COVID-19 related travel guidelines to help the international community in making these decisions.
During the phone call, PM Imran and Dr. Tedros Adhanom agreed to remain in close contact to take forward the important bilateral agenda and close cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, the statement said.
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