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Pakistan Red Crescent starts free Covid-19 tests for those with symptoms in Karachi

Karachi, June 27, 2020 (PPI-OT): In order to ramp up the testing capacity for Covid-19, the Sindh Branch of Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) has opened a walk-in sample collection centre at Hilal-e-Ahmer House, Teen Talwar, Clifton in the city of Karachi. People with symptoms of the disease can request an appointment first, then walk into the stated centre, and get themselves tested free of cost.

According to the statement released by PRC-Sindh Branch that people who have any symptoms of coronavirus, or been in contact with a Covid-19 patient, or travelled from abroad in recent months can get an appointment from Pakistan Red Crescent’s Covid-19 “Aagahi” call centre contact number 021-37130084. Testing at the said centre is taking place for a restricted time period of five hours from 10 am to 3 pm with the support of Indus Hospital; however, people can call for an appointment from morning 9 am to evening 7 pm.

The testing facility primarily for people from the lower strata of society who cannot afford to get themselves tested because of the costs involved. The paramedical staff and other personnel deployed at the testing facility in Karachi have been provided with all the necessary safety and protective equipment to safeguard them against the viral epidemic.

Chairman PRCS-Sindh Mrs. Shahnaz S. Hamid said that the PRC teams have been working tirelessly to play a significant role in the ongoing national efforts to overcome the spread of the COVID-19 in the country through a robust synergized response. She said that PRC-Sindh had fulfilled its promise to provide a free COVID-19 testing facility in Karachi.

“Those who meet the criteria for appointment and cannot afford the cost of the Covid-19 test can now be tested free of cost from Pakistan Red Crescent,” she added. The Chairman also thanked the Indus Hospital for providing technical assistance in the testing process. Mrs. Shahnaz S. Hamid further said that the management of PRC-Sindh is so pleased to have a higher level of collaboration and assistance from local and international donors and philanthropists. She urged others to come forward to donate generously for the procurement of testing kits, as millions are awaiting free, quality, and timely testing facility.

The Provincial Secretary Kanwar Waseem said that since the government of Sindh advisories started regarding pandemic of coronavirus, the PRC-Sindh activated an Emergency Control Room at Provincial Headquarters and deployed volunteers in Field Isolation Center at EXPO Karachi and PDMA Operations department. Simultaneously, PRC-Sindh launched a Community Medical Assistance Services named “COVID-19 AGAAHI Medical Helpline”, which is providing accurate and authentic information about the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Waseem further said that besides these efforts, PRC also distributed hygiene supplies at places of detention in Sindh to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19. Recently, PRC-Sindh distributed thousands of KN-95 masks among health staff of public hospitals in Sindh Province, he added. The provincial secretary also assured that the Pakistan Red Crescent would continue its best efforts until COVID-19 was completely eradicated from Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Provincial Branch,
Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS)
Hilal-e Ahmar House, G 2 Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Zone A Block 7,
Teen Talwar, Main Clifton Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35306227, 35306228, 35306229
Fax: +92-21-35830376
E-mail: phq@prcsindh.org.pk
Website: http://www.prcsindh.org.pk/