Karachi hospitals arrange coronavirus isolation wards to struggle towards outbreak

Over a dozen of individuals suspected to have contagious illness underneath quarantine at DUHS


A day after Pakistan confirmed its first two coronavirus instances, isolation wards have been arrange in several hospitals within the metropolis. In the meantime over a dozen sufferers have been positioned in quarantine on the Ojha campus of the Dow College of Well being and Administration Sciences (DUHS).

The opposite hospitals which have established isolation wards on the directives of the Sindh well being division embrace Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, Aga Khan College Hospital, Indus Hospital and Lyari Normal Hospital.

Confirming that over a dozen sufferers had been admitted to the DUHS Ojha campus isolation wards, hospital spokesperson Naeem Tahir mentioned that almost all of those sufferers had a current journey historical past of visiting Iran. “All of them are in secure situation,” he added.

Isolation ward set-up at Civil Hospital Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS Isolation ward arrange on the Civil Hospital Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

In the meantime, JPMC govt director Dr Seemin Jamali mentioned that the hospital was ready for the scenario. “We don’t have a single affected person to date, however all preparations have been achieved upfront,” she maintained, including that eight rooms, isolation wards and separate services for sufferers with minor signs had been established.

Talking to The Specific Tribune, she additional mentioned {that a} fast response workforce had been shaped to deal with coronavirus. “Strict directions have been given to all our workers members to stay alert and take precautionary measures,” she acknowledged.


Screening the neighbours

A six-member workforce of well being division officers additionally reached the neighbourhood the place the town’s first coronavirus affected person, Y*, resided. The officers, led by district well being officer Dr Ashfaq Ahmed, have been tasked with screening all of the residents of the world.

“The workforce will solely take care of these sufferers who’ve signs indicative of the virus,” defined Sindh well being division spokesperson Atif Vighio.


He informed The Specific Tribune that the well being division wished to offer screening services on the doorsteps of the world residents, who had been thrown right into a panic by the information. “The medical doctors will work within the space till everybody with any signs has been cleared,” he acknowledged.

Travellers from Iran

Outdoors the metropolis, rumours of suspected instances circulated in several areas of the province because the Sindh authorities works to determine those that had made current visits to Iran.

In response to official figures, 98 individuals from Dadu district had lately travelled to the neighbouring nation.


A well being division official from the district mentioned that one particular person had returned to Pakistan final week, whereas the others had been nonetheless in Iran and wouldn’t be returning to Pakistan till additional orders got.

He added that the one who had come again had already been screened by a medical workforce and was in sound situation, with none signs.

In a gathering of senior authorities officers on Thursday, the choice was made to hint all of the passengers who had travelled to Karachi on the identical flight as Y. “Not the entire passengers had been from Karachi,” an official informed The Specific Tribune. “The vast majority of them are from totally different locations in Sindh and a few are even from Punjab.”

He mentioned that authorities officers had been informed to find the passengers, display screen them and place them underneath quarantine in the event that they displayed signs of coronavirus.

*Title has been modified to guard id

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