COVID Watch (28th March 2020)


Doctor Tests Positive

A resident doctor of the Polyclinic Hospital in Islamabad tested positive for the novel-coronavirus disease while on duty. All resident doctors have been sent to a quarantine camp at Oil & Gas Development Company Ltd Islamabad while Polyclinic Hospital has been sealed.

Wards Lacking Facilities

Isolation wards for COVID-19 patients in a Type-D Hospital in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is bereft of basic facilities, including ventilators. Shortage of gloves and masks for doctors tending to coronavirus patients, non-functional toilets & clean water inaccessible among the many concerns of the staff and patients of the hospital.

Lady Health Workers without Gloves, Masks

Shangla lady Health Workers (LHWs) record a protest against shortage of masks, sanitizers and gloves when performing duties. LHWs have been tasked with door-to-door visits to identify suspected cases of coronavirus & infection clusters without adequate safety equipment.

Imams Locked Up

Gujranwala security agencies arrest 4 imams in Gakhar Mandi area for violating restrictions on Friday prayers during pandemic. A fifth imam managed to escape. Cases have been registered against the offenders for holding a gathering of more than 5 people during prayer.

Patient Recovers in Kashmir

Indus Hospital in Muzaffargarh, Kashmir, discharges its first recovered COVID-19 patient after 10 days of treatment. The patient, a pilgrim from Iran, later checked in at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital & tested negative post-treatment.

Katchi Abadis Vulnerable

Destitute residents of Islamabad’s katchi abadis are at high risk of exposure to the coronavirus outbreak due to deplorable hygiene and lacking health facilities. Residents expressed resistance to screening after Rimsha Colony & Shehzad Town in H-9 were sealed following 2 confirmed cases in the area.

Gilgit-Baltistan Hit Hard

A singular facility in Gilgit Baltistan, equipped to conduct 15 tests a day, is bearing treatment screening and treatment for 633 suspected patients. So far, 91 have tested positive while the results for 332 are still pending. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafeezur Rehman has called for an urgent appeal to the Chief of Army Staff to aid in setting up additional COVID-19 testing facilities in the area.