KARACHI: Former Health Minister and President of the Private Hospitals and Clinics Association (PHCA), Dr Syed Junaid Ali Shah, has suggested the suspension of all non-essential services from the Jinnah International Airport Karachi as an essential precautionary measure to prevent the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
He wrote a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) asking them to suspend their porter service, luggage service, duty-free shops, and other commercial booths.
He also suggested that only the mandatory services should remain functional to allow passengers to board, embark, and disembark flights. The measures should remain in place up until all flight schedules and services resume.
Dr Shah welcomed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to hold the PSL matches in Karachi without spectators. He appreciated the Sindh government’s decision to keep schools closed as this has now become a very pressing concern.
He appealed to the citizens of Karachi to avoid visiting parks and shopping malls.