Dr. Yasmin Rashid—Punjab’s Health Minister said that Pakistan’s most populated province Punjab is all set increase its coronavirus testing capacity to 2,500 tests per day.
“Our aim is to bring the figure to 5,000 coronavirus tests each day so that more and more people can be identified,” she said during a TV program.
The health minister said that the provincial government of Punjab has been using the lockdown to increase the number of hospitals in the province. “The Mayo Hospital, Expo Centre and the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute have been completely allotted to the patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” she added.
Both tests and self-isolation facilities will be available at these hospitals, she said adding that the Punjab government has also converted three medical colleges into quarantine centers.
The provincial health minister further said that all the doctors and paramedic staff working on the front line are being trained and looked after. “The medical staff will have one-week shifts and then will be given relief,” she said during the TV program.