The Indus Hospital’s Initiatives to Fight Covid-19


Indus Health Network is supporting the Government right from the onset of Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan. The pandemic is so lethal that it has shaken the strongest economic and healthcare systems of the world.

The honorable Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah included the Indus Hospital (Indus Health Network) in the Anti-Coronavirus campaign and since then Indus is playing a pivotal role in the control of Coronavirus.

Indus Health Network helped the Government of Sindh to set-up two quarantine hospitals at Dumba Goth and Gadap Town.
Under the Indus Hospital Laboratory & Blood Transfusion Services, we are conducting Covid-19 tests of the patients coming to our facilities and also are supporting the requirements of the Government of Sindh.
At the Indus Hospital, Korangi Campus, Karachi, we have established a 26-bed facility with a possibility of ventilator with each bed. At present, we have few Covid positive patients and few ventilators, but we are anticipating the numbers may increase.
We have equipped the Emergency Department (as per WHO recommended protocols) at the Indus Hospital, Korangi Campus, Karachi to provide screening and the treatment for potential Covid-19 patients. At present, with growing number of patients coming to the ER, we are in need of resources to continue to keep our Emergency Department staff equipped and further strengthen the capacity of managing the screening and testing of patients.
We have established a separate section within the Emergency Department at the Korangi Campus, Karachi to deal with the suspected Covid patients as we do not want to mix them with non-Covid patients.

We are running mass public awareness campaign through all our digital platforms (website and social media). We have developed animated videos in English and Urdu, flyers, standees, posters, and other patient education material.

The Network has also devised a comprehensive and all-encompassing policy and is taking necessary actions to ensure the safety of our healthcare professionals and the support staff – working tirelessly to screen and treat the patients. Regular screening of all staff coming to work is being conducted at all of our hospitals and healthcare facilities across the Indus Health Network.

The Indus Hospital’s vision is to provide quality healthcare services absolutely free to the under-served members of the nation. In this time of national emergency, we have geared up to stand with the Government to fight against this pandemic. With our limited resources, we are trying to fight at both fronts – the national emergency and the patients suffering from other diseases.

Your generosity in these pressing times will help us to serve millions awaiting quality and timely healthcare absolutely free. Together we can.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness in humans. They get their name, “corona,” from the many crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the common cold are examples of coronaviruses that cause illness in humans.

The new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The virus has since spread to all continents (except Antarctica).

Coronavirus spreads from person to person:

  • From the infected droplets of the person who has coughed, sneezed or talked near you (within 6 feet)
  • From close contact (touching, shaking hands) with an infected person.
  • By touching surfaces that the virus has landed on, then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose before washing your hands.
  • COVID-19 enters your body through your mouth, nose or eyes (directly from the airborne droplets or from transfer of the virus from your hands to your face). The virus travels to the back of your nasal passages and mucous membrane in the back of your throat. It attaches to cells there, begins to multiply and moves into lung tissue. From there, the virus can spread to other body tissues.
  • People who live in or have recently traveled to any area with ongoing active spread.
  • People who have had close contact with a person who has a laboratory-confirmed or a suspected case of the COVID-19 virus.
  • People over age 60 who have pre-existing medical conditions or a weakened immune system.
  • Fever (not always present)
  • Difficulty breathing/Shortness of breath
  • Cough

Other possible coronavirus symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Tiredness

Symptoms can range in severity from very mild to severe. In about 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild symptoms. Symptoms can appear within 2 – 14 days after being exposed to the virus

  • Feel sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing
  • Have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19
  • Live in or recently traveled from an area with ongoing active spread or for which there are travel alerts
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds— especially before eating and preparing food, after using the bathroom, after wiping your nose, and after coming in contact with someone who has a cold.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of viruses from your hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing or sneeze and cough into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands afterward. Never cough or sneeze into your hands!
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who have coughs, colds or are sick. Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are prone to sickness or have a weakened immune system, stay away from large crowds of people. Follow the directions of your healthcare authorities especially during outbreaks.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces (such as doorknobs and counter tops) with a virus-killing disinfectant.
  • Use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Greet people with a friendly gesture instead of shaking hands.
  • Get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of liquids and exercise if you are able. These steps will strengthen your immune system and enable you to fight off infections easier.

Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a prospective Coronavirus carrier. These people may have been exposed to the infection and do not know it, or they may have the infection but do not show any symptoms. The quarantine can also help limit the spread of Coronavirus. If you have returned from any country, you must self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days. Self-isolation is an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you from contracting Coronavirus:

  • You can live with others during the 14 days, but you need to avoid close contact with them.
  • Don’t share beds, linen or food.
  • If possible, remain in a well-ventilated room.
  • Keep the doors shut.
  • Keep your toiletries separate.
  • If you share bathroom with others, use it after everyone has used it.
  • Ask friends or family to drop off anything you need or order supplies online.
  • Keep in touch with others over the phone or internet.
  • Do physical exercise to remain healthy.
  • Don’t use public transport or taxis during self-isolation.

Source of Information: WHO | Cleveland Clinic



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