COVID-19: Most of 4500 Tablighis in Sindh diagnosed positive

Health

Chief Minister Murad Shah orders keeping in isolation all Tablighis, their families and their contacts  

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Friday that over 4500 people of Tablighi Jamaat have returned to the province and most of them have been diagnosed as positive.

In view of such a situation, he directed all the deputy commissioners of province to keep the Tablighi Jamaat people [returned from Raiwind] in Isolation.

“Those who have been diagnosed as positive, their family members and others with whom they have been in close contact may also be kept in isolation at their respective homes. In case of serious condition, the patient should be shifted to designated hospital,” he issued these directives while presiding over a meeting on health-related issues.

He directed the deputy commissioners to provide food, water, fruit and tea to the people of Tablighi Jamaat at Isolation Centers. He also directed them to provide them `jai namaz’ and copy of holy Quran for recitation.

Further, he directed all the district hospitals to provide their extra ventilators and other equipment to tertiary care hospitals so that serious coronavirus patients could be shifted and treated there.

The chief minister said that there were six Tertiary Care Hospitals in the province, except Karachi. They are in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Gambat, Khairpur, Larkana and Nawabshah. In these hospitals, the provincial government has developed best facilities to treat coronavirus patients with severe symptoms. “I have issued directives to all the district health officers (DHOs) to send their extra ventilators and other equipment to Tertiary Care Hospitals and once the endemic is over these ventilators and equipment would be returned to their respective hospitals,” he said and directed the DHOs to expedite their exercise.

The chief minister said that there was SOP for testing, under which the person with travel history and symptoms, was required to be tested. Without symptoms or suspect nobody would be tested.

The chief minister also directed the deputy commissioners to ensure proper lock down in their respective districts.

Minister Health said that there were 14 experts who would visit different districts and train them how to take a sample of a suspect and send the same to Karachi or Hyderabad.

The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, and Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi. All the divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, district health officers (DHOs) and elected representatives of the areas attended the meeting from their districts through video link. (PR)

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