WHO has declared Corona Virus as global Pandemic as it has spread over continents in no time. It is indeed time to know everything about it & to spread this information so that the outbreak can be prevented or at least curbed. Health Minister of Pakistan, Mr Zafar Mirza has shared some. Valuable information regarding Corona Virus. Please watch & learn about it.
In addition to the 1166 Corona Virus helpline, Ministry of Health Pakistan has also launched an online platform for FAQs about the disease. Please go to nhsrc for more info and help spread this among your friends, family and followers.
With the number of confirmed Corona Virus cases reaching 19 in Pakistan, people are wondering how to get tested for the virus. But more importantly, the question remains “If the test costs Rs.7,900 (as advertised by Chughtai Labs), how can the average Pakistani even afford it?“.
What is the Process if you want to get Corona Virus tested for free?
If you suspect that you or someone you know is showing symptoms of Coronavirus, visit a government designated hospital, be it public or private.
Here’s a list of the hospitals that are collecting samples for the test, and sending them forward for the results to be processed. They are not conducting the test themselves:
- Nishtar Hospital – Multan
- Benazir Hospital – Rawalpindi
- Services Hospital – Lahore
Chandka Medical College Hospital – LarkanaGhulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College – Sukkur
- Peoples Medical University Hospital – NawabshahCivil Hospital – KarachiJinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre – Karachi
Civil Hospital – KarachiJinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre – Karachi
- Lyari General Hospital – Karachi
- Indus Hospital – Karachi
- Aga Khan Hospital – Karachi
- Dow University of Health Sciences, Ojha – Karachi
- District Health Offices (DHOs) all over the province
In Gilgit-Baltistan, citizens can contact district health authorities who will come to their homes to collect samples
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Police Services Hospital has been made the main centre for dealing with coronavirus cases.
Tests have been done at Taftaan border by authorities. I am in search of more information about this.
What Will Happen Once You Get to the Hospital?
A doctor will check to see if you are manifesting the symptoms associated with Coronavirus to see if you need to be tested in the first place.
An extensive travel history will be demanded. So don’t be alarmed if they ask you if you’ve traveled this year or been in close contact with anyone who has been sick recently (showing symptoms related to Coronavirus).
If the doctor assesses that you do not have the symptoms that are related to Coronavirus, they’ll suggest that you don’t need the test. That’s good news and means that you are free to go home.
If you do show symptoms of the virus, your saliva is taken using a swab and sent to one of the designated facilities that have coronavirus testing equipment. This testing will be done free of cost.
Please help spread this information so that all those that cannot afford the test through labs that are charging an exorbitant fee, can get it tested for free.
Aslo, remember that first Corona Virus patient in Pakistan has fully recovered & been discharged so there’s no need to panic.
Stay clean & don’t forget to wash your hands properly for at least 20 seconds each time.