The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry that he has raised the issue of substandard coronavirus testing and government is taking it quite seriously as it can further spread the virus across masses.
While talking to international media website the minister said the quality testing of COVID-19 is crucial adding that if people who carry virus declared negative due to substandard testing, they may infect many people around them.
Earlier on Friday, Fawad Chaudhry also shared a list of companies that were found involved in making sub-standard hand sanitizers.
The demand for sanitizers has sky-rocketed in recent weeks as people stock up on the commodity to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.
Chaudhry had last week asked the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Board to sample sanitizers sold in the open market and compile a report on their quality.
Dear all! As per PSQCA sample testing following 23 brands of Sanitizers are not in comformity with WHO standards, we have advised health departments to remove these brands from stores. pic.twitter.com/Aj5gbSgIsD
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) April 3, 2020
It is to be noted that Government has urged people if they suspect that they are having symptoms of coronaryvirus such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, they should call the helpline immediately (1166) or consult their physician.
Officials and health experts say if you are given an opinion on the Coronavirus Helpline, visit the hospital or doctor immediately.
You can also contact the private laboratories for a test. However, private laboratories can charge you up to Rs 7,900 per test fee while some designated hospitals are also conducting the test for free. You will receive the result or report of these tests in two days (48 hours).
Prime Minister house also Tweetd ” Isolation wards have been created all over Pakistan to cater to Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic, Province/Region wise No. of Designated Hospitals ICT – 01 Punjab – 06 Sindh – 04 Baluchistan – 10 KP – 7 GB- 4 AJK – 3″
Isolation wards have been created all over Pakistan to cater to Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic
Province/Region wise No. of Designated Hospitals
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) March 13, 2020
The following hospitals in different major cities are conducting COVID-19 tests:
Benazir Bhutto Hospital
Allama Iqbal Memorial Hospital
Allama Iqbal Memorial Hospital
Rahim Yar Khan
Sheikh Zayed Hospital
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center
Agha Khan University Hospital
Dow Medical College
Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital
Mohammad Teaching Hospital
Jinnah Teaching Hospital
Prime Teaching Hospital
Pan Lys Hospital
Zia Medical Complex
Mercy Teaching Hospital
Naseer Teaching Hospital
Afridi Medical Complex
Shahab Orthopedic Hospital
Raheem Medical Institute
North Western General Hospital
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital
Akbar Medical Center
Abasin Hospital Habib Medical Center
Pakistan Institute of Management
Civil Hospital Hunza
Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences Muzaffarabad
Shaykh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital Muzaffarabad (CMH)
DHQ Neelum Valley
DHQ Jhelum Valley
While the National Institutes of Health is the country’s main referral center for Coronavirus Patients.