Health workers are role models, real heroes of society: Jhagra
PESHAWAR: Minister for Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra said that health workers, especially the Khyber Medical University (KMU) Public Health Reference Laboratory (PHRL) staff performing their duties on frontline to deal with the outbreak of Corona virus are not only pride of the nation, but they are the role models and real heroes of the society.
He expressed these views while talking to the lab staff on a brief visit to the KMU reference lab. Besides, Vice-Chancellor KMU Prof Dr Arshad Javaid, dean basic medical sciences Prof Dr Jawad Ahmed, Director IBMS Dr. Zille Huma, Director PHRL Dr. Yasser Yousafzai, Biosafety Officer Dr. Hafsa Muhammad and Lab Technologist Mohammad Sajjad were also present on the occasion.
Taimur Saleem Jhagra said that the Corona outbreak was a major challenge for the entire nation, and the provincial government under the dynamic leadership of chief minister was struggling hard to cope with this menace by using all the available logistic and human resources.
He added that in order to prevent our population and to minimize the threat from COVID 19, we must implement in true spirit the guidelines and pre cautionary measures drawn by the health experts besides increasing the test capacity up to at least three thousand per day.
The provincial health minister said that the entire nation pays homage to our health workers working in unfavorable conditions and they are truly role models and heroes of the society. He said that the increase in the reference lab's technical and human capability within a few days to combat the Corona virus is praiseworthy and it is expected that this spirit of service to humanity will not be curtailed.
He directed KMU Vice-Chancellor to prepare a comprehensive and viable plan on war footing basis in view of the expected increase in the Corona cases in the upcoming days.
The provincial government also intends to increase the number of diagnostic centers on a regional basis, in addition to increase medical facilities for Corona patients, KMU can contribute a leading role based on their experience to meet this pandemic, he added.
Earlier, VC KMU Prof Dr Arshad Javaid briefed the health minister about the performance of the reference lab and said that so far 2871 tests have been done in the lab, out of which 543 are positive, 2241 are negative and 87 are inconclusive.
He said that 24-hour test facility has been ensured in the lab by sophisticated machines and highly trained experts, which has not only made test results in a timely manner but also facilitated the management and reporting of large numbers of samples from all over the province. - APP