COAS Bajwa lauds NCOC's efforts in forming response to COVID-19 despite challenges

COAS Bajwa lauds NCOC's efforts in forming response to COVID-19 despite challenges

Rawalpindi (Agencies): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa lauded the remarkable efforts of National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for formulating and implementing response to coronavirus "despite resource and time constraints", a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the army chief made these comments during his visit to the NCOC where he was received by its National Coordinator and Commander Army Air Defence Command, Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman Khan.

The COAS was briefed in detail by DG Operations and Planning NCOC Major General Asif Mehmood Goraya about Covid-19 related multi-sectoral situation, implementation of NCOC decisions, projections about likely spread of the disease in Pakistan and support being extended to civil administration against the pandemic, the ISPR statement added.

The army chief was also apprised about national strategy for test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) aimed at identifying disease spread, focused clusters and hotspots to enable targeted lockdowns and need-driven resource optimisation at all levels.

While complimenting civil-military components of NCOC, General Qamar Javed Bajwa emphasised the need for continued stratified risk assessment, managing trinity of health crisis, economic slide and psycho-social impact through efficient resource management.

"Pakistan Army in collaboration with other national institutions should take all possible measures to bring comfort to the nation in these challenging times particularly during Ramazan," the COAS said, according to the statement.