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Islamabad Infectious Disease Hospital is an advanced medical facility built in 40 days for COVID treatment and research. Image Credit: IHITC

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday morning opened a sophisticated 250-bed infectious diseases hospital in Islamabad to take the pressure off other hospitals and to treat seriously ill COVID patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Centre (IHITC) has been built in record 40 days at a cost of about Rs980 million by Frontier Works Organization (FWO) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Institute of Health (NIH) and cooperation of China.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, NDMA Chairman Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Minister for Information Shibli Faraz, and other senior officials also attended the launch ceremony of the advanced medical facility.

PM Imran Khan appreciated the timely completion of the hi-tech hospital and congratulated the team and hospital staff. At the same time, he warned the public to take precautionary measures and follow the guidelines on Eid-ul-Adha to prevent the COVID spread.

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PM Imran Khan opens state-of-the-art Infectious Disease Hospital in Islamabad on July 9, 2020. Image Credit: PID

The IHITC Islamabad consists of five wards having single rooms and an ICU each, two general wards, emergency departments, diagnostics, radiology and pathology laboratory besides a mortuary and incinerator. The medical facility has specialized air filtration system HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), CCTV, HIMS (Health Information Management System) & LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), fire and smoke detection system, doctors’ accommodation among others.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 recoveries in Pakistan have now reached 145,311. The number of active COVID cases in the country is now 90,554, according to the National Command and Operation Centre.

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The 250-bed Isolation Hospital and Infectious Treatment Centre was built in 40 days by FWO and NDMA. Image Credit: PM Office