‘Govt has capacity but people afraid of getting tested’: Murtaza Wahab


Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Tuesday said the government had the capacity to test more people for coronavirus but people were avoiding to get tested due to social stigma.

Wahab, speaking in Geo News’ programme “Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay Sath”said: “We have a testing capacity of 4,800 tests but people are afraid to get tested due to social stigma. The government cannot force them into it and that is why we are only conducting 2,500-3,000 tests everyday.”

Talking about the facilities available in public hospitals he said: “We have sufficient space available for patients in public hospitals, but naturally, people prefer to get treated from private hospitals and that has put a lot of pressure on them [private hospitals] .”

“There are some private hospitals in Karachi that have not established an isolation facility, so if you go there, those facilities will not be able to entertain you,” he said.

“9920445, 11206565, and 0316-0111712 are the numbers that the people can call on to get information regarding the hospitals treating patients for coronavirus,” Wahab said.

“Isolation facilities are available in Civil Hospital, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Lyari General Hospital, Dow University Ojha campus, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Indus Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital, Ziauddin Hospital, and the Expo Centre field hospital,” he said.

“We have given Indus Hospital an isolation facility at Gadap Town, while we have handed over another isolating facility to Indus in Dumba Goth,” he added.

Speaking about Dr Furqan-ul-Haq’s death he said that his case was “mishandled”. He said that Dr Furqan was set to go to a hospital but at the last moment was advised by a friend to go to SIUT. “Unfortunately, he was not able to reach there and passed away.”

“All the required facilities are available in hospitals. If he had reached there within time, his life could have been saved,” said Wahab regretfully.