LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Prof Dr Yasmeen Rashid has said that the Punjab government has demanded immediate prevention and diagnosis of coronavirus epidemic immediately after its outbreak so as to control the disease in the province to a reasonable extent. I got help.
“When the epidemic broke out in the province in April 19, Punjab could only conduct 400 tests a day and later its diagnostic capacity was increased so that it could conduct 22,000 to 23,000 tests at present.” Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Memorial Society (Jang Group of Newspapers) organized a video conference on “Covid-19 – The Importance of Diagnosis and Prevention” on Wednesday.
The Health Minister said that Punjab adopted a uniform protocol in the treatment of COVID-19, which helped in preventing its devastating effects to a great extent. He said that the Punjab government has spent Rs. 14 billion on the treatment of 19 patients in the province.
He said that the Punjab government has adopted a policy of implementing smart lockdown only in hotspot areas in different districts to help normalize economic activities in other parts of the districts concerned.
Prof. Dr. Mahmood Shaukat, Chairman, Corona Expert Advisory Group (CEAG), said that according to the National Corona Virus Statistics, the Punjab virus is due to a uniform policy to prevent, diagnose and deal with various aspects of the disease. Has been much better at avoiding. And treatment. “We have to adapt to the new routine and make the necessary changes in our lifestyle to avoid the coronavirus,” he added. Prof. Dr. Zarifshan Tahir, Dean, Institute of Public Health (IPH), said that the Punjab government has done a commendable job by increasing the testing capacity to prevent the spread of Corona virus.
He said that the PCR test was of gold standard in the diagnosis of Covid-19 and the antigen test was effective in detecting contact, adding that the virus was found in the body after the patient recovered. An antibody test was performed to check for presence. Dr. Fayyaz Alam, General Secretary, Foundation, said that the antigen test was cheaper in price and the result has reached faster. “Rapid antigen testing has been a great relief to doctors and medical staff after many healthcare providers lost their lives,” he added. However, he emphasized the need to make people more sensitive to the prevention of Crohn’s virus, and to make testing more accessible in remote and rural areas.
Consultant radiologist and CEO of Al Noor Diagnostic Center, Prof. Dr. Safdar Ali Malik, said that the lack of coronavirus testing has made it difficult for patients to get the treatment they need. He also called for the deployment of qualified staff in laboratories to provide the best quality diagnostic services despite infectious diseases.
Prof. Dr. Zahid Latif, Professor / Director, Department of Community Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medical Education, Azra Naheed Medical College, Superior University, Lahore, and General Secretary, Khidmat Foundation, said that habits and lifestyle changes are needed to adapt to this. Stressed Prevention of new common and corona viruses and other infectious diseases.
“Rapid antigen testing for the diagnosis of coronavirus should be made public in Punjab,” he said. He added that these tests are already being conducted in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. Dr. Javed Hayat Khan, Consultant Pulmonologist / Director, Corona Care Center, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI), Lahore, appealed to the public to adhere to the guidelines developed by the Punjab Government. SOPs) to prevent its spread. The virus in people. “If anyone feels any symptoms, they should have a PCR immediately,” he suggested.
National Chair, Rotary Pakistan / Water and Sanitation Mission, former District Governor, Rotary International, Sajid Pervez Bhatti said that he has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to doctors and medical staff as well as donated ventilators in hospitals. ۔
Dr. Jamshed Ahmed, Head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Provincial Office, stressed the need to ensure quality control in the testing regimen for the diagnosis of coronavirus, as well as to implement a regulatory system.
In addition, Brigadier (Retd) Dr. Waheed Al-Zaman, Dr. Romana Imtiaz, Consultant Hematologist, Al Noor Diagnostic Center, Dr. Muhammad Salman, Consultant Microbiologist, National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Dr. Asif Ali, Director Institute of Pathology and Diagnostic ۔ Medicine, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar / Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department Focal Person Lab also addressed.
Chairman MKRMS Wasif Nagi gave a video conference while Hafiz Margoob Ahmad Hamdani recited the Holy Quran and Naat Rasool (SAW).