QUETTA: Balochistan Young Doctors Association has expressed concern over slow pace of testing for the novel coronavirus across the province.
“The provincial health department conducts 300 tests on a daily basis,” said Young Doctors Association Spokesperson Dr Rahim Khan on Sunday in Quetta, adding the number of tests and their pace were too slow to give a comprehensive picture of the situation in the province.
The YDA spokesperson said the test results of doctors took more than a week to yield results, adding the misery faced by the common man was severe.
“Delay in results of tests is a major reason of the virus spreading speedily,” said Khan, adding the provincial government urgently needs to take measures for quick testing process.
Besides, Khan called for a complete lockdown across the province in order to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus.
“The provincial government needs to immediately announce complete lockdown.
However, if it didn’t yield results, the government should go for curfew,” he added. Khan expressed concern over increase in the number of virus cases in Balochistan
which was alarming for the medical fraternity. He maintained it could only be controlled through stricter restrictions across the province.
He also urged the government to restrict movement of people who were roaming around in the streets without any reason.
Briefing on the figures of medical staff affected by the coronavirus, Khan said, “The contagious disease has so far affected 59 doctors, 35 paramedical staff and four nurses, according to the figures issued by the federal ministry.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2020.