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Country’s first drive-through testing facility for covid-19 set up in Clifton

By Our Correspondent
April 01, 2020

The Sindh government on Tuesday claimed to have established the first-ever drive-through coronavirus testing facility in District South of Karachi.

The Sindh local government and health departments collaborated for the drive-through COVID-19 testing facility that has been set up near the Jahangir Kothari Parade in Clifton. Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah along with Local Government Secretary Roshan Ali Shaikh and the South deputy commissioner on Tuesday visited the drive-through testing facility.

Doctors, paramedical staff and other personnel deployed at the new testing facility in Karachi have been provided with all the necessary safety and protective equipment to safeguard them against the viral epidemic.

The citizens will have to take an appointment before they can avail the drive-through testing facility. They will have to call the helpline service established at the South deputy commissioner’s office, which will provide them a code and the appointment time to visit the facility.

A mobile X-ray facility has also been established at the testing centre for necessary clinical examination of the suspected patients of coronavirus. The citizens will have to go through a three-step procedure to avail the drive-through facility in Karachi.

Speaking on the occasion, the local government minister said the drive-through testing facility had been established on the directives of the Sindh chief minister and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

He said the Sindh government had been acting in compliance with the international standards and procedures to establish facilities to treat the cases of coronavirus in the province. He explained that the Sindh government had availed the services of all the relevant institutions in the public and private sectors for a joint struggle against the COVID-19 health emergency in the country.

The Sindh government had also enlisted the services of the bona fide charities to provide with the food rations on the doorstep of the needy people whose livelihoods had been gravely affected during the lockdown regime enforced in Sindh, he said.