Major hospitals set up coronavirus isolation wards

Health secy says vaccines, special kits will soon be available in Pakistan to treat patients

By: News Desk      Published: 11:26 AM, 31 Jan, 2020
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Federal Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Nausheen Hamid Friday said that ministry of health has established isolation wards in major hospitals in the country as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of coronavirus, which has originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The Ministry of Health has identified major hospitals in the country and isolation wards have been established there, she said in an interview. “We have identified National Institute of Health in Islamabad, Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore and Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi and they have been provided with all the necessary instructions,” she said.

China has prepared vaccines and special kits that will soon be available in Pakistan, she added.

There is also a central health establishment department within Ministry of Health, she said, adding this department has help desks at all the entry points at airports and seaports. The government has provided the scanners at all desks for the screening of passengers coming to Pakistan, she informed.

She said there are 41 direct and indirect flights from China to Pakistan.

As per protocol, China upheld the direct flights and the passengers coming from China via indirect flights are properly screened at our ports, she explained.

The coronavirus is transferred from human to human at a fast speed, she said, adding the patients with strong body resistance can be recovered from this virus.