Suspected coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals in Peshawar


Peshawar, 25 February 2020 – Staff Reporter:

The suspected patients of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continue to be admitted to hospitals other than Police Services Hospital, which has been declared a facility dedicated to investigate and manage suspected patients of the virus, according to sources.

Dr Tahir Nadim Khan, the director-general health services, said Police Services Hospital was declared as the main facility to provide isolation to the suspected non-critical patients of the virus.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government declared emergency on February 4 and invoked Public Health (Surveillance and Response) Act, 2017 to pave way for speedy procurement of medical and surgical supplies to deal with threats posed by the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in China, he said.

The latest case is of a 25-year-old patient, with travel history to Sharjah, who was admitted to isolation room at Khyber Teaching Hospital. He was sent to National Institute of Health Islamabad which was declared negative on Monday.

Dr Irfan at Directorate General of Health Establishment, Islamabad said that they had screened over 500,000 people. “We appeal to the people to cooperate with the health staff,” he added.