MUZAFFARABAD, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said a digital revolution in the healthcare system, economic planning, education, business and governance is expected in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir after the containment of coronavirus as the pandemic has highlighted the importance of data-based government steps.
He said this while addressing a video conference on “on Digital AJK under Sustainable Developing Goals during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.” here on Sunday. The video conference was organized by “Digital Pakistan.”
The AJK president said that the Sustainable Development Goals have assumed primacy in the aftermath of Covid 19, especially those related to health, poverty, hunger, livelihoods, water and sanitation and energy. Another cluster that is directly relevant comprises reducing inequalities and climate action.
“Digital technology played a key role in tracing coronavirus patients and their testing, and we also had been able to establish three digitized testing centres in Azad Kashmir,” he added.
“Our first priority in AJK was to diagnose and trace potential coronavirus patients. For testing and contact tracing, digital technology was crucial. Three testing centres that we established in AJK, were enabled digitally”, Masood Khan said.
But it is in the realm of Track and Traces that the IT Alert Control Room was most helpful in identifying corona patients, Khan said and added that the information technology department had also prepared a software app “Covid-19 MISAJK” which proved helpful in collecting data of patients and monitor activities at the quarantine centres.
He said that the latest digital data about Corona update is shared via the Internet and on WhatsApp. The Government in Muzaffarabad, he went on to say, is digitally connected with the divisions and district offices and with the Rapid Response Teams in the field.
The Government and the philanthropists together made sure that nobody goes hungry during Covid 19. Again digital database helped us identify the needy and the indigent, he said. The AJK president said that five public sector universities in the liberated state are at present busy in preparations to impart online education to students, and efforts are being made to extend internet service to all areas with the help of service providers.
“Experiments are also being made to provide modern healthcare facilities to the people in far-flung areas with the help of telemedicine technology,” he said adding that the AJK universities have also started providing education to students in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotic block chain, and cloud computing.
Sardar Masood Khan said that at present, the revival of economy and resumption of business and employment which has been badly affected by a coronavirus, are the biggest challenge for us, while another target of sustainable development is the peace and justice.
Referring to the situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the AJK president said under the dark pall of the coronavirus, the Indian forces in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are killing young men, abducting and illegally detaining people, falsely charging journalists, and manhandling doctors and paramedics. A nine-month-old siege and lockdown are in place. Now a plan has been unveiled to grab Kashmiris’ land and jobs and settle non-natives in Kashmir. India is doing so to prevent popular opposition to its illicit rule.
Khan further said that we have started a Virtual_Kashmir_Diplomacy campaign because of Covid lockdowns. Under the cover of pandemic India is trying to remove Kashmir from the global agenda. I appeal to you: Don’t let that happen. Let us all work for a digital future that promotes humanity, harmony and peace. He appealed to the organizers and participants of the video conference to cooperate in foiling heinous designs of India and to work together for a digital future that promotes humanity, harmony and peace.