The Aga Khan University Hospital has stepped up its efforts to address the urgent need for enhanced screening and testing, and has developed a dedicated COVID-19 Screening and Testing Zone (CSTZ) within the Stadium Road Campus premises in Karachi.

Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister, Sindh appreciated the effort of the hospital management and inaugurated the facility.

The University Hospital experts, in line with their vision and mission, feel honoured and humbled to work with the Sindh and the Federal governments to battle the pandemic by providing technical and capacity building support.

A detailed program for tele-screening and monitoring patients has been established by the University Hospital in a set-up on campus.

For the first time in Pakistan, patients will stand in single modular booths where there is a physical barrier separating them and the healthcare staff.

This booth set up was designed in-house and will help eliminate patient-healthcare professional infection and contamination, as well as conserving precious supplies of personal protective equipment worn by the staff.

Additional processes have been included in already strict infection control protocols, as well as clear physical distancing markings on the ground, to ensure a safe environment with minimal exposure for patients, attendants and the healthcare staff. The COVID-19 Screening and Testing Zone (CSTZ) has been thoughtfully created as a safe zone for patients to confidently visit.

Talking to this scribe, Shagufta Hassan (Interim CEO-Aga Khan University Hospital) said: “This marks a milestone for us, as our teams have worked with dedication and commitment to make the screening and testing zone available for the general public in record time. On this occasion, I would like to thank all who worked tirelessly to ease and facilitate the people of the city. We are open and are safe to visit for ALL Patients, with ALL illnesses.”