Each one will be quarantined if govt permit to enter from Afghanistan:DC Khyber


By Ashrafuddin Pirzada
DISTRICT KHYBER: Deputy commissioner of district Khyber Mehmood Aslam Wazir on Tuesday said that if the government allow the stranded Pakistanis citizens in Afghanistan to enter via Torkham border they were well-prepared to screen and quarantine them all.

Mehmood Aslam Wazir told this scribe that around fifteen hundred Pakistanis including drivers of heavy trucks were stranded in Afghanistan when Pakistan closed its borders when Corona broke out.

He said they have established 600 quarantine centers at various parts of district Khyber to easily accommodate those coming from Afghanistan.

“Well-equipped health staff is stand by at Torkham border quarantine center to meet any untoward situation”, Wazir said. He added that they were following the government policy to minimize the Corona pandemic threat to create chaos in Pakistan.

He said they can adjust 1300 patients in the isolation wards established in district Khyber which was more than enough for those crossing the Torkham border.

The Deputy Commissioner said they regularly get updates from the federal and provincial governments to further equip health staff to block possible Corona spread from the Afghanistan side.

Talking about the stranded Pakistani citizens in Afghanistan he said that if any person crosses the Torkham border into Pakistan would go to isolation wards established in the district headquarters hospital in Landikotal.

The official said if the Pak-Afghan border reopened in the coming days they were capable to cope with the situation.