The novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV), officially named as COVID-19 by the WHO, is a new strand that was not previously identified. Reportedly, the virus erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan and gradually spread throughout the world. COVID-19 has directly impacted more than 150 countries, prompting the WHO to declare it as a global pandemic. Currently almost 60% of the cases are outside China, mostly in Europe.
The Government of Pakistan released a National Action Plan for Coronavirus Disease which acknowledged that the country’s health system is ‘weak’. To compound the issue, several people have been spreading unverified data regarding the impact of COVID-19 in Pakistan causing unnecessary panic and chaos. There’s simply a lot of conflicting information out there, causing widespread uncertainty.
COVID-19 in Pakistan
To help our visitors stay abreast of the latest statistics from National Institute of Health (NIH), PakWired has partnered with Mesum Raza Hemani of Karachi.AI to bring you a databoard through which real-time statistics about the impact of COVID-19 in Pakistan can be accessed.
Common symptoms include the following:
- Flu-like symptoms (coughing/sneezing)
- Breathing difficulties leading to pneumonia
- Sore throat
What to do if COVID-19 symptoms are developed
If you strongly suspect you have developed COVID-19 symptoms mentioned above, call the state helpline 1166 or your nearest healthcare service provider.
Private labs are reportedly charging PKR 7,000 upward for such tests while designated public hospitals carry out such tests free of cost.
Government testing centres
Islamabad Capital Territory
- Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
- Benazir Bhutto Hospital (Rawalpindi)
- Services Hospital (Lahore)
- Nishtar Hospital (Multan)
- Allama Iqbal Memorial Hospital (Sialkot)
- Allied Teaching Hospital (Faisalabad)
- Sheikh Zayed Hospital (Rahim Yar Khan)
- Civil Hospital (Karachi)
- Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (Karachi)
- Dow Hospital, Ojha Campus (Karachi)LUMS Hospiral (Hyderabad)
- Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital (Quetta)
- Sheikh Zayed Hospital (Quetta)
- Prince Fahad/DHQ Hospital (Dalbandin/Chaghi)
- Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir Hospital (Hub/Lasbela)
- DHQ Hospital (Uthal/Lasbela)
- DHQ Hospital (Gwadar)
- Red Crescent Hospital (Gwadar)
- GDA Hospital (Gwadar)
- DHQ Teaching Hospital (Turbat)
- Police Services Hospital (Peshawar)
- Khyber Teaching Hospital (Peshawar)
- Hayatabad Medical Complex (Peshawar)
- Lady Reading Hospital (Peshawar)
- Bacha Khan Medical Complex (Swabi)
- Saidu Shareef Hospital (Swat)
- Ayub Teaching Hospital (Abbottabad)
- Civil Hospital (Hunza)
- DHQ Hospital (Gilgit)
- DHQ Hospital (Chilas)
- DHQ Hospital (Skardu)
Azad Jammu & Kashmir
- Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences (Muzaffarabad)
- DHQ Hospital (Mirpur)
- Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital (Rawalakot)
Distribution of coronavirus
It is most likely to spread from person to person through:
- Direct contact with a person while they are infected including 24 hours before they become unwell
- Close contact with a confirmed infected person who does not take appropriate precautions
- Touching contaminated objects/surfaces then touching the mouth/face
As a responsible citizen, it is imperative that you do not knowingly or inadvertently share information which may prove to be incorrect. Such activities further induce panic and hysteria in the general public and do not help anyone. The least which can be done during such testing times is to propagate verified and authentic updates with families, friends and acquaintances.
To stay abreast of COVID-19’s global impact, you can check the daily WHO Situation Reports.
If you seek access to authentic information on how to prepare yourself and your family against the disease, do visit the resources prepared by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
To stay updated on the latest information by the Government of Pakistan, you can follow the official handle of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and the personal account of Dr Zafa Mirza, Special Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister on Health.