In the district of Rawalpindi, the first patient has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient was tested positive at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and four of the patient’s contacts have been kept in isolation.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old male patient belonging to the District Buner in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reached Islamabad International Airport from Dubai. According to the Executive District Officer (Health) Dr. Sohail Ahmed Chaudhary, during the screening, it was suspected that he was a patient of COVID-19 and was sent to BBH. The sample of the patient was sent to the National Institute of Health and he tested positive for the disease.
Three to four contacts of the patient received him. After the confirmation of the coronavirus, his contacts have also been put in isolation at the BBH. The patient’s contacts are under continuous observation.
It is pertinent to mention here that till now there is not a single case of local transmission of COVID-19 that has been reported from Islamabad and Rawalpindi. On Feb 26th, the first patient in the region was reported, a 61-year old male who reached Pakistan from Iran.
So far, there are 4 confirmed patients in PIMS. This includes a couple who reached Pakistan from the United States.
As per the EDO, the health department will establish quarantine facilities to avoid the coronavirus’s spread. At Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi and Fatima Jinnah Women University, coronavirus quarantine facilities for over 500 persons have already been established.