The threat of coronavirus is growing globally and the cases in Pakistan increased to 28 on March 14.
Here’s what you need 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, according to NIH Executive Director Maj Gen Aamir Ikram.
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, said Ikram.
Facilities collecting coronavirus samples:
Please note the facilities below are only sending samples for free testing to the main centres and will not conduct tests themselves on individual requests.
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
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 or district headquarter hospital for screening.