Testing & corona virus
The threat of coronavirus is growing globally even as the numbers continue to decline in China, where the virus was originally reported.Initial Steps initiated by Pakistani Government to Combat Coronavirus: In Pakistan, the federal government and the respective provincial governments have announced a number of measures to contain the spread of the virus. To help people who feel like they might have the symptoms, reached out to health officials to understand the process through which one can be tested for the virus for free.
Important Facts to Know:
A patient suspecting they are manifesting symptoms of coronavirus should visit a government designated public or private hospital. According to National Institute of Health (NIH) official Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan, all district headquarter hospitals and tertiary care hospitals across the country are equipped to collect samples for coronavirus. At the hospital, a doctor will check the patient for symptoms to determine if he or she may have Coronavirus.
Steps taken during testing:
- The patient will be asked a set of questions regarding their travel history as well as of those they have been in close contact with.
- If the doctor rules out suspicion of coronavirus, the patient will be sent back.
- If the doctor comes to the conclusion that the patient is manifesting symptoms, a swab of their saliva is taken and sent to one of the designated facilities that have coronavirus testing equipment.
- This testing will be done free of cost in government hospitals.
Point to ponder:
Please note that in case of normal Influenza or normal sickness, a person should stay at home not rush to hospitals as the hospitals are already over occupied. Now, the question arises what should the person do in such a situation. According to doctors, the person must act in a responsible manner and self-isolate themself. During that period, if the person felt severe illness then reach to a hospital and must seek a doctor for further treatment. Details of private hospitals conducting coronavirus testing: However, some private labs are also independently testing individuals for the virus against a fee.
Services Hospital – Lahore
Nishtar Hospital – Multan
Benazir Hospital – Rawalpindi
Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan Hospital – Muzaffarabad
Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences – Muzaffarabad
Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan Hospital – Rawalakot
Divisional Headquarters Hospital – Mirpur
District Headquarters Hospital – Kotli
Chandka Medical College Hospital – Larkana
Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College – Sukkur
Peoples Medical University Hospital – Nawabshah
Civil Hospital – Karachi
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre – Karachi
Lyari General Hospital – Karachi
Indus Hospital – Karachi
Aga Khan Hospital – Karachi
Dow University of Health Sciences, Ojha – Karachi
SIUT – Karachi
Ziauddin Hospital – Karachi
PNS Shifa – Karachi
Chughtai Lab – Karachi
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences – Hyderabad
Gims – Khairpur
District Health Offices (DHOs) all over the province
In Gilgit-Baltistan, citizens can contact district health authorities who will come to their homes to collect samples
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Police Services Hospital has been made the main centre for dealing with coronavirus cases In addition to these facilities, citizens can visit their nearest public tertiary healthcare centre orssss district headquarter hospital for screening.