Isolation Center yet to be made functional for health professionals in Quetta

Increasing cases of coronavirus sent alarm bells among health professionals


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Health Desk:

The proposed Isolation Center is yet to be made functional for health professionals in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. The provincial government had announced the establishment of the isolation center at the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital’s residential colony to quarantine the health professionals contracting the virus.

“The proposed isolation center is yet to be made functional, despite the government promises”, Dr. Rahim Khan Babar, the Spokesman Young Doctors Association told daily Quetta Voice.

Over 30 doctors and 5 paramedics have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Balochistan, so far. The doctors include seniors and juniors serving in civil hospital and BMC hospitals Quetta.

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The Spokesman government of Balochistan had also mentioned the establishment of an isolation ward for the health professionals repeatedly.

“The doctors who contracted the virus also put the lives of their family members at peril”, Dr. Babar lamented. The infected doctors had to be kept away from their families and there had to be separate accommodation for them.

The daily Quetta Voice tried to speak to the concerned quarters in the health department to get their point of view about the matter. However, it failed to get a response from the officials.

The COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. Most of the cases have been reported from Quetta, the provincial capital. Whereas, district Pishin stands second in terms of novel coronavirus cases. 1049 cases have been officially confirmed so far. However, the independent sources put the number much higher than what is being quoted by the officials. Conducting a test of coronavirus patients at the Fatima Jinnah Chest and TB hospital is also challenging. People wait for three to five days to get their test reports.

Most of the people have quarantined themselves in their homes since hospitals in Quetta are lacking basic and better facilities.




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