Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has announced “PIMA Virtual Covid Health Line” in view of the growing number of Corona patients and the lack of health facilities. PIMA also reiterated it’s stance for the government to implement a Health Emergency. ‘If serious steps are not taken urgently, the Corona crisis already serious, will have more devastating effects’.
This was stated by Prof Muhammad Afzal Mian, President PIMA center, while addressing a press conference at Lahore press club on Sunday along with representatives of other doctors bodies. Prof Muhammad Ashraf Nizami, President PMA Lahore; Prof Tariq Mian, President Pakistan Society of Family physician and Dr Jafar Naqvi from YDA Punjab also spoke on the occasion.
“According to the WHO’s recommendations, lockdown should be implemented in all major cities for two weeks on and two weeks off with strict and mandatory social distancing and use of mask. Random testing to pick up cases and contacts, should be done on an adequate sample size”
Prof Muhammad Afzal Mian praised the Government of Punjab and Sindh for improving the SOPs for burials, increasing of covid beds in hospitals and fixing of covid testing prices. “We expect that other recommendations of doctors will also be implemented in the public interest. The government must ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen across the country and uplift excise duty on oxygen concentrators”, he said.
Describing the “PIMA Virtual Covid Health Line”, he said that this project will start from 1st July 2020 and patients from all over the country may register themselves by calling on 0315-5550915. Through this healthline, any Covid positive patient at home, can be provided medical advice about continued care, health advise, and updated information about available services, facilities and resources in their respective cities. Through inbuilt research component of this service, we may understand the local disease pattern once data is at hand.