Pakistan’s all major airports put on high alert after detection of two monkeypox cases

09:21 AM | 26 Apr, 2023
Pakistan’s all major airports put on high alert after detection of two monkeypox cases
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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s top health body on Tuesday put all the national and provincial health authorities on high alert as two cases of Monkeypox were reported in the country for the first time.

All major airports have been put on high alert after detection of the contagious virus, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination said as timely detection is crucial for prompt implementation of preventive measures.

In the wake of the recent cases, all state-run and private medical facilities have been directed to ensure readiness for isolation and treatment.

Sindh Health Department also issued a circular to all the hospitals across the provincial capital directing them to remain on high alert to deal with a possible risk of monkeypox outbreak. It directed officials to form Isolation ward which should be kept active 24 hours and all safety measures should be taken for infection control.

Media reports suggest that a control room has also been established at the National Command and Operation Centre in which officials were told about the distribution of personal protective equipment at all airports. To curb the spread, officials declared face masks and sanitary gloves mandatory for all porters who come in direct contact with passengers at airports.

The stern measures were ordered in the wake of monkeypox cases reported after two patients from Saudi Arabia tested positive for the virus, forcing the authorities to beef up measures at airports.

Monkeypox is a rare infection, which is caused by the monkeypox virus, with symptoms including rashes, fever, headaches, muscle aches, swelling, and backache.

Global authorities claimed that human-to-human transmission is occurring among people in close physical contact with cases who are symptomatic.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 16 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 16, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.7 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.8 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 311.9 314.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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