ISLAMABAD / RAWALPINDI: The police forces within the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Tuesday, accompanied by contingents of the Rangers, Military in addition to officers of the respective district administrations, carried out flag marches within the two cities, to ship a message for implementing the federal government’s instructions for lockdown amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Safety forces and the district administration urged the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to remain at residence and keep away from venturing out unnecessarily.
The flag march within the federal capital began from the Jinnah Sports activities Advanced. It culminated on the similar spot after passing by completely different areas of the town.
Patrols disseminated the message any pointless motion is banned and emphasised that residents keep of their houses.
In Rawalpindi, police carried out a flag march across the metropolis centre, together with the busy Murree Highway. Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anwarul Haq, Metropolis Police Officer (CPO) Ahsan Younis and several other police officers attended the march.
Bulletins constituted of the motorcades requested the folks to name Rescue 1122 or a helpline arrange by the district administration in emergencies.
The message circulated was performed out over loudspeakers connected to vans which patrolled completely different localities.
It confused that there’s a restriction on leaving houses unnecessarily.
The district administration officers defined that the lockdown has been imposed of their curiosity and that it was the one strategy to comprise such a extremely contagious virus.
Ought to they should enterprise exterior of their houses, residents have been urged to observe the social distancing recommendation.
The residents of the dual cities have been warned that the regulation will come into motion in the event that they violated the orders.
District administration officers, nevertheless, assured that retailers of important providers together with grocery, fruits, dairy, and medical shops will stay open through the lockdown.
Islamabad Police Operations DIG Waqaruddin Syed mentioned that they hoped to create consciousness amongst the general public concerning the pandemic by the flag march. He added that state establishments have been deployed to guard the folks.
Preventive measures for cops
The federal police power can also be mapping out methods to make sure the protection of its personnel towards the contagion.
In mild of this, all officers of the Islamabad Police might be solely be allowed entry to their workplaces after present process screening.
Inspector Normal Islamabad Police (IGP) Aamir Zulfiqar Khan chaired a gathering on Tuesday with senior officers of the power to evaluation the COVID-19 preventive measures taken in addition to the partial lockdown within the federal capital.
IGP Aamir directed senior police officers to make sure the availability of water, sanitisers, tissue papers and soaps of their respective workplaces and in any respect police stations beneath their supervision.
All personnel have been instructed to carry out their duties whereas sporting face masks and gloves.
IGP Aamir additional instructed that every one patrolling mobiles should carry sanitisers and different private protecting gear (PPE) always.
It was additional determined that the federal police will set up a management room to assist and information residents to lodge complaints.
He ordered all zonal SPs to go to and meet with locals residing within the slums and ghettos of the federal capital together with the members of civil society to sensitise them in regards to the seriousness and risks of COVID-19.
Sanitation staff get masks, gloves
Following the instructions from Islamabad Metropolitan Company (IMC) Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz, sanitation staff within the federal capital have been supplied with face masks and gloves.
Some 750 pairs of gloves have been distributed among the many staff as a security measure towards COVID-19.
Sanitation Division Deputy Director (DD) Mohsin Shirazi mentioned that other than distributing PPE amongst IMC’s sanitation staff, the non-public contractors have additionally been directed to PPE to some 1,200 sanitation staff on their payroll.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 25th, 2020.