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PM Khan appreciates NCOC on final day of operations

NIH, Islamabad to take over responsibility of Pakistan COVID-19 monitoring and response body

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the National Command and Control Center for its “professional” and “nationally-coordinated response” to the pandemic as the COVID-19 monitoring body is set to cease operations today.

National Institute of Health, Islamabad (NIH) will take over all the functions, roles and responsibilities of the national COVID-19 body.

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Media reports citing an official of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination said that the NIH would carry on with the NCOC’s work. He said that the forum was not being shut down and only its functions were being transferred to a different body.

“Tomorrow, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar will formally hand over the NCOC to the Executive Director NIH, Islamabad at the NCOC last routine meeting,” the official added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan took to twitter to appreciate the COVID-19 monitoring body for its work during the pandemic. He said he wanted to congratulate the NCOC team and leadership for a professional, nationally-coordinated response to the pandemic. He added that due to the NCOC’s efforts, the country’s response to the pandemic was recognized globally.

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The NCOC was established in March 2020 in response to COVID-19 to collect, analyze and process information regarding the pandemic.

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