Bahawalpur Set To Become Pakistan’s First Coronavirus-Free City
The government officials of Bahawalpur have claimed that in next two weeks, the city would be declared Pakistan’s first coronavirus-free zone.
DAWN reported that Bahawalpur Commissioner Asif Iqbal Chaudhry has said that a prominent decline in coronavirus confirmed cases has been observed in the city. He said that in the next 15 days, Bahawalpur could be declared a coronavirus-free city if no new positive case is reported. The commissioner told a private news channel that presently there were 195 coronavirus cases in Bahawalpur division.
Moreover, the doctors of Bahawalpur Government Civil Hospital discharged 42 people on Thursday, who defeated coronavirus and were declared negative. The discharged batch included members of Tableeghi Jamaat which were admitted for 14 days.
Out of 1,200 Tableeghi Jamaat members who were quarantined in the hostels of Islamia University Bahawalpur, most of them have been allowed to go home.
According to Medical Superintendent Bahawalpur Dr Rana Muhammad Yousaf, the BSL-3 began experimental tests for coronavirus on Thursday. He said that the laboratory would be conducting tests for the entire Bahawalpur division.
Some patients visiting emergency and flu counters and isolation wards at the Bahawal Victoria Hospital and Government Civil Hospital complained that only the BVH pulmonologists were available for their examination and treatment. However, Prof Dr Mukhtar Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of the two aforementioned hospitals denied the charge and said he had formed a team of professors to ensure patients’ access to on-duty doctors. “I personally supervise and check the on-duty doctors to make sure that the visiting patients in wards or flu clinics are being thoroughly examined by the doctors,” he added.