Chitral unprepared for coronavirus, may become outbreak hotspot: MNA | Pakistan Today

Chitral unprepared for coronavirus, may become outbreak hotspot: MNA

CHITRAL: Member National Assembly (MNA) Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali has said that coronavirus hit the country a month ago but there is still nothing to control or diagnose the disease in hospitals here, which can lead to the outspread of the virus in Chitral.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Chitrali said that cramming people into rooms like cattle in the so-called quarantine centres can be a disaster in the making. “This is tantamount to inviting coronavirus. God forbid, if any individual is carrying the virus, he could spread it to all the others, he maintained.

“Quarantine means keeping a suspected infected person in a single room and if it is not possible there should be at least six feet distance between two individuals,” he added.

Government buildings in Upper Chitral such as Booni will become breeding centres if we have a single case.

Maulana Chitrali also said that those coming from outside Chitral were being kept under the open sky without precautionary measures.

He said that although Upper Chitral is now a district, the Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital in Booni has not been upgraded to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.

The MNA said despite lack of safety kits, the health department staff members were screening people across Chitral. “Chitral is a backward area with a poor healthcare system and if the coronavirus reaches here it would be a disaster,” he warned.

He demanded that the KP government immediately release Rs400 million for Upper Chitral and Rs500 million for Lower Chitral to deal with any possible outbreak of the virus.

Later, the medical superintendent (MS) of the DHQ Hospital Chitral told the MNA that all the four ventilators of the hospital were out of order for years. However, an engineering team has arrived from Peshawar which would soon make the vents operational.

The MS also said he had sought 3,000 safety kits but was provided only 100. “We have set up an isolation ward in the hospital in which eight doctors, eight nurses and eight Class IV are working. The safety kits sent by the provincial government can be used by these staff for only one day because they are disposable,’” he added.

It is worth mentioning here that some 60 per cent posts of doctors are lying vacant at the District Headquarter Hospital in lower Chitral whereas some 90 posts of doctors in vacant in the entire district.