A novel, highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in the city of Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and rapidly spread throughout the globe. In February 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in Pakistan was reported in the Sindh province after first spreading over most of the country. The Sindh province had the most confirmed COVID-19 cases at that time. In response to the pandemic, the government of Pakistan allocated PKR 1.13 trillion for rescue and assistance to businesses and needy communities. However, Pakistan is considered a developing economy, but the government took all the necessary steps to ensure preventive measures were put in place against the deadly pandemic. The government has taken preventive measures, including proper quarantine facilities, temporary hospitals, and smart lockdowns to control COVID-19 transmission. Despite these preventive steps, challenges remained, including standard operating procedures, lapses in handling the emergency, and horizontal coordination among government line agencies. In parallel, Pakistan’s diverse topography and unplanned built-up areas caused communication issues, while public attitudes further aggravated the pandemic. The conclusion is that COVID-19 posed a challenge for Pakistan’s pandemic response in providing treatment and mitigating infections.
|Title of host publication||Pandemic Risk, Response, and Resilience|
|Subtitle of host publication||COVID-19 Responses in Cities around the World|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)